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Here's to an unpredictable 2016 and to our individual and shared journeys in the months ahead.
Our theme in this newsletter is learning to make a difference -- which is the purpose of our value-creation framework. In this newsletter we spotlight a few of the organizations using this framework .
Before we do this, a quick reminder about our BEtreat workshops in 2016 - taking place as usual in July in California, and for the first time this year, also in Europe, in Slovenia in September. See info on the bar to the left.
The value-creation framework
Since the earlier version was published in 2011 we've been excited to see how the VC framework is being taken up in creative ways across sectors. It has become central to our work in developing communities networks, and social learning capability. We have found it to be strategic, rigorous, and empowering for participants, leaders and conveners of social learning initiative.
Originally created for monitoring the value in communities and networks, it's now also used for visioning, strategic planning, and developing social learning initiatives.
In parallel, the framework itself is still evolving, with developments such as strategic, enabling, and transformative value, learning loops, and base line. In case you missed it, we have a video with a sneak preview of some of these developments.
The VC framework in business
Phil Inskip of ABSugarâ€”a fellow in our certificate programâ€”has been leading some dynamic work with their global communities of practice. Using both the VC framework and social-network analysis they are collecting systematic data to further leverage their communities in building strategic capability in their operations across the globe. Recently they won a award in social and collaborative learning from the Learning & Performance Institute, UK. Well done, Phil!
The VC framework in capacity development
The Center of Excellence in Finance, based in Ljubljana, Slovenia (and co-sponsoring our European BEtreat), uses the framework for monitoring the value of their workshops and training courses. They have integrated their stories with more traditional data in a project funded by the European Union. Luka ZupanÄiÄ, has built up a wealth of experience in collecting stories in multiple languages. He uses the process of collecting stories as a way of doing community outreach. Take a look at the imaginative way they shared the results of one of their projects in this newspaper.
The VC framework in Higher Education
We are using the framework to tell the story of the very inspiring University Innovation Fellows program in the U.S. The program trains students to become change agents promoting innovation and entrepreneurship on their campus. Their approach talks loud and clear to social learning theory and the framework neatly structures our account of it. We use data collected by the official evaluators and stories we gathered from thirty interviews to give a narrative of the program in the words of participants. As an aside, we were fascinated by the way the program uses the framework as a landscape canvas tool for getting students to map the innovation and entrepreneurship resources on their campus. Such a good idea and something we never thought of.
VCF as a mixed methods research tool
Researchers at the University of Brighton in the UK have been using the framework to do participatory evaluation of a complex multi-disciplinary project â€“ Imagine - to spread resilience for kids in UK schools. For them the value of the framework is the integration of quantitative and qualitative data and a language that is intuitive enough for participants to contribute to the research.
Hope to see you in California this summer or in Slovenia in the fall. And don't forget to check our travel plans so we can connect if you've got a good idea for a project.
Bev and Etienne