Our training is based around a partnership/coach model, where we work with your and your team for at least 40 weeks, training you as your implement your first LISP project. We provide initial set-up, training days, masterclasses and an experienced Cohort Support Associate as your day-to-day coach, throughout the whole process. In this way, we ensure that you and your team are thoroughly trained to DO intensive engagement, rather than just trained about it. Increasingly, too we are providing online ready-made videos and blended learning workshops using innovative collaboration platforms, which you will find more about in our priorities for 2021.
We want to make sure that you and your team are internationally recognised as experts in intensive community engagement. So we do more than just train you, we accredit your implmentation of the 8 step Locally Identified Solutions and Practices (LISP) process over the 40 week period (shorter or longer depending on your circumstances), and verify the depth to which you have implemented each of the steps. Sometimes, it take several attempts to get it right. We will work with you to get it right, so that we can be sure that your team are the best in the world.
All of the IE approach is subjected to evidence-based scrutiny. The original 8 projects in Northamptonshire have been evaluated in forensic detail in Tim's PhD, using a series of techniques called Soft Systems Methodology and Context-Mechanism-Outcome analysis, from the work of Professor Nick Tilley. From this research, which will be in the public domain as soon as possible, we have created a checklist of extremely important 'mechanisms' that cut across the 8 steps, that help us with your implementation of the 8 steps. We have also developed an evaluative framework, benchmarking the 16 projects that we have worked with our trainees to implement, to compare them against each other across the challenges of implementation.