Training

 

We love learning! As learners, we believe that education and capacity-building initiatives come in all shapes and sizes. As your partner, we can develop training resources with you or facilitate our own material on a number of topics.

 

We have developed and delivered content for:

  • Médias Ténois, Yellowknife NWT

  • The School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia

  • The Vancouver Summer Program, University of British Columbia

  • The Centre for Applied Ethics, University of British Columbia

  • School of Kinesiology, University of British Columbia

  • School of the Environment, University of Toronto

  • The Canadian Evaluation Society, BC Chapter

  • The Canadian Evaluation Society, National

  • People's Open Access Education Initiative

  • HPME, University of Toronto

  • Femingdon Health Centre

  • St. Michael's Hospital

  • Starfish Productions

  • Diabetes Canada
    and more!

Here are four examples of educational training initiatives we have created and facilitated:

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USING ART IN DATA COLLECTION

Skills-Building Workshop (flexible session 1-3 hours)

Learn how to enhance your data collection strategies and engage diverse participants and stakeholders. Choose from several arts techniques and educational activities.

A typewriter

CRAFTING YOUR KT STORY

Skills-Building Workshop (3 hours)

Elevate the impact and reach of your work with a compelling story. Enhance your communication and creative thinking skills with KT strategies and tools.

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SKILLS FOR RESPECTFUL RESEARCH

Reflexive Training Series (3 sessions)

Build anti-oppressive frameworks into your research and evaluation practice. With beginner and intermediate educational activities, we help you spark change.

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INTRO TO ARTS-BASED RESEARCH METHODS

University Course (12 classes)

Push the boundaries of traditional research characteristics and research design with arts-based tools, applied strategies, and hands-on educational training.

 

Using Art in Data Collection & Analysis

 

Overview

Art is an engaging, accessible, and meaningful way to include diverse voices and experiences in your research and evaluation projects.

 

In this workshop, we use hands-on educational activities, real-world research and evaluation examples from our practice, and instructions for continued individual and group learning beyond the session. By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to: 1) understand the advantages of different arts-based data collection strategies to answer different questions, 2) identify opportunities to add art into their own projects and contexts, 3) pitch arts-based methods to funders or stakeholders, 4) get started on their own arts-based journeys.

 

All of our techniques are evidence-based and grounded in ethical, responsible, and respectful practices. In light of COVID-19, we have adapted our workshops to accommodate social distancing and provide instructions for participants to adapt practices as well.

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DRAWING

Tap into hidden assumptions, underlying values, and abstract interpretations

a line drawing of a camera and a picture

PHOTO ELICITATION

Learn from nuanced associations, metaphors, and subtle interpretations

BODYMAPPING

Engage the whole self in a multi-sensory practice of mapping experience and feelings

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COLLAGE

Get at the heart of the matter with a tactile constructive and de-constructive experience

DIGITAL STORYELLING

Find out what matters about the stories we tell and how we tell them

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NARRATIVE

Share your journey instead of your results to engage audiences and uncover meanings

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PHOTOVOICE

Transform deeper meanings into actions, social change, and sustainability initiatives

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THEATRE

Explore concepts and experiences with whole bodies, movements, and interactions

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POETRY

Play with words to discover how they can be transformed and transformative

Options

What do you want to learn? We customize workshops for each audience, professional working group, and community of practice. Based on your interests, questions, time commitment, and budget, you can choose from the following arts-based data collection strategies:

FAQ

How long will this training take?

We recommend a minimum of 1 hour. We have adapted this session to half-day, full-day, and a multi-session session series. So, we can scale educational content and capacity-building activities to meet your learning goals and accommodate your audience and budget.

What size group can be included?

We recommend a minimum of 4 people per session to include opportunities for group work and discussion. We can accommodate up to 100 people at a time depending on which art form you'd like to work with.

Who can attend?

We customize content to audiences with any level of familiarity with research methods, evaluation frameworks, community organizing, and program planning. We recommend adding more time to the session for students and early career professionals to accommodate more questions and foundational learning. Audiences will benefit from some previous knowledge of qualitative data collection methods.

 

With advanced notice, we can also tailor content and activities to include persons who are deaf or hard of hearing, visually impaired, have memory loss or dementia, have limited mobility, have limited fine motor skills, or have other accessibility needs. We welcome opportunities to make arts-based learning fun and inclusive.

What supplies are needed?

Depending on the art form(s) selected, in-person or online venue, and number of participants, supplies will vary. We do our best to accommodate your budget and intended audiences so that the educational activities are accessible.

Where can I see a preview of this workshop? 

We did a special 1-hour webinar version of this workshop for the Canadian Evaluation Society in April, 2020. CES members can view the webinar here. We did a 1-hour poetry-focused session of this workshop for the BC Chapter of the Canadian Evaluation Society in April, 2021. You can view the recording and materials below.

 

Using Art in Data Collection & Analysis
Poetry Edition

 

Overview

In this 1-hour online workshop designed for the BC chapter of the Canadian Evaluation Society, we demonstrate how evaluators can use poetry for reflective practice, data collection, and designing recommendations. Always thinking about the practical application, we provide ideas for using poetry to get through mental blocks in projects, aligning the priorities and perspectives of diverse teams and clients, designing terms of reference, informing strategic planning, and more. 

Check it Out

Watch our workshop recording here or skim through our slides and activities below. If you want to use any of this material on your own, please contact us for permission. If you want to reference this material, please cite us: 

Lefkowich, M. & Nichols, J. (2021, April 23). New Possibilities: Using Art to analyze data, draft recommendations, and promote reflexivity [Online Presentation]. CES BC Chapter Webinar Series, Vancouver. https://www.andimplementation.ca/training.

Sometimes it can feel like the more we know about something, the less other people seem to "get it." By crafting a story instead of just sharing results, we can do a better job of getting our target audiences to understand, care, and get excited about what we have to say. 

In this workshop, we explore creative communication strategies, tools to tailor messaging, and examples of different kinds of stories and story formats that participants can adapt to their contexts. By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to: 1) identify different kinds of audiences and tailor their communication style accordingly, 2) prioritize key messages, 3) centre themselves as effective protagonists, and 4) get started in their independent storytelling journeys. This workshop is awesome for researchers, evaluators, educators, program coordinators, graduate students, and more. 

 

Content              2 hours              3 hours              4 hours+

Identifying               
Audiences

Prioritizing

Elements

Character
Development

Independent
Strategies

Story

Feedback

Crafting your KT Story

Overview

Options

What do you want to learn? We customize workshops for each audience, professional working group, and community of practice. Based on your interests, questions, time commitment, and budget, you can choose from the following formats:

FAQ

How long will this training take?

We recommend at least 3 hours to set up participants for success in independent story creation. We can adapt to a half-day or a multi-session session series.

What size group can be included?

We recommend a minimum of 4 people per session to include opportunities for group work and discussion. We can accommodate up to 40 people at a time.

Who can attend?

We customize content to audiences with any level of familiarity with storytelling. We recommend that participants already have a project in mind to work from, such as a thesis, upcoming report, research project, evaluation, program plan, manuscript, etc.

 

With advanced notice, we can also tailor content and activities to include persons who are deaf or hard of hearing, visually impaired, have limited mobility, have limited fine motor skills, or have other accessibility needs. We welcome opportunities to make storytelling fun and inclusive.

What supplies are needed?

For in-person sessions, we require a projector and tables for participants to do writing exercises. For online workshops, we can host on Zoom. If you prefer another format, you will need to be responsible for the platform of your choice. Otherwise, participants should come with a project in mind and some creative energy. We'll do the rest!

This workshop series was created for graduate students by graduate students. It centred on three principles: reciprocity, action, and anti-oppression. Our goal was to foster bravery and integrity among student researchers. With a peer training approach, we offered the space for students to speak openly and honestly about their experiences. Hands-on capacity-building activities, real-world case studies, active problem-solving, and independent assignments promoted tangible skill-building and change initiatives.

Learn more about the Skills for Respectful Research series.

Skills for Respectful Research

Graduate Student Series

 

Dandelions thrive in diverse spaces while supporting other plants around them. As graduate students, we saw ourselves as a unique group in the university who could do the same. 

 

In 2019, we got together to discuss our concerns with the lack of educational training available to students to foster anti-oppressive practices and bring about sustainable change during their tenure in graduate school. We decided to take this issue on and develop our own change initiative by designing a peer-run workshop series for students to bravely and safely address issues of power inequities, ethical research practice, and sustainability in their own programs. We called ourselves the "Dandelion Collective," and successfully applied for funding to get started.

We were overwhelmed by the support we received for our pilot series. Spaces filled up for our workshops in the first day of making it available for registration. Student attendees created their own support networks and developed action plans to bring about meaningful change in their research projects, departments, and professional practices. Staff from across the university reached out to learn more about adapting our work into campus-wide initiatives. And, we heard from students at other schools looking to do the same.

 

Our team is now in the process of creating a handbook and reflection paper on the "behind the scenes" of our collective and workshop series to support other grassroots initiatives. We are also open to running the series again or coaching students and faculty to do the same.  All updates on the Dandelion Collective will be included on this page as we have news to share!

 

 

Workshop 1

Gaps, Dead-ends & Dilemmas

unlearning harmful research practices 

Workshop 2

Disruption, Action & Advocacy

building core skills and confidence

Workshop 3

Innovation & Impact

preparing for independent research

 

Overview

Maria Angélica

Guerrero-Quintana                                   
 


 

Janina

Krabbe


 

Wajiha

Mehdi


 

Jennica

Nichols


 

Maya
Lefkowich

Meet the Dandelions

Introduction to Arts-Based Research Methods

Part 1: Data Collection

Research methods courses are an important part of higher education. To understand what makes research trustworthy, we first must explore how and why to conduct research. With the growing popularity of arts-based methods, it is important to understand the ethics, rigour, and responsibilities of different types of data collection. 

In this 12-week course, we provide an introduction to the world of arts-based data collection. We cover research design, ethics, evaluation strategies, and knowledge translation tools. With an experiential learning approach, students will learn by doing. They participate in fun educational activities and capacity-building exercises that prepare them for individual and team research. Research methods courses have never been this fun! By the end of the course, students will be able to discern between different types of research methods, develop research questions, design the first part of a research study, create ethical considerations for studies that mitigate risk, and participate in data analysis courses.

Students at undergraduate and graduate levels will be able to participate. Some knowledge of qualitative methods will be considered an asset. But, we can scale content and assignments to meet students where they are at and equip them with the skills necessary for their programs, thesis projects, internships, or roles as research assistants. To accommodate e-learning platforms, we offer synchronous and asynchronous course structures with an emphasis on flip-classroom learning to enable "studio" time.

                   

Introduction: arts-based methods

Ethics: everyone's responsibilities

Research Design: mapping the moving pieces

Bodymapping & Interviewing: practising skills

Photography: myth-busting "voicelessness"

Digital Storytelling: building narrative literacies

Drawing & Collage: unpacking underlying assumptions

Reflexivity & Positionality: privilege, power, discomfort

Evaluation: is this even art? Says who?

Review

Final Assignment Presentations

Final Assignment Presentations & Wrap Up

Introduction: arts-based methods - advantages & assumptions

Ethics & KT: responsibilities, ownership & application

Research Design: navigating moving pieces and making decisions

Bodymapping & Interviewing: cultivating embodied intuition

Drawing & Collage: unpacking underlying assumptions

Photography: myth-busting "voicelessness" and sharing power

Reflexivity & Positionality: privilege, power, discomfort

Digital Storytelling 1: building narrative literacies & creativity

Digital Storytelling 2: tackling inequities & structural biases

Evaluation: is this even research? Says who?

Final Assignment Presentations

Final Assignment Presentations & Review

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