Value detectives workshops

using our framework to sleuth for value creation

About the workshop

Are you a problem solver or a social learning leader frustrated by a lack of recognition for what you  are doing? A framework for monitoring and articulating the value of an intervention can give you the skills and language to make a convincing case that your intervention is making a difference. 

Sponsors and funders are increasingly demanding for evidence of impact. More community and project members are looking for meaningful data that will help them learn to do things better. Sound skills for monitoring and articulating the value are a value-add for any project and a marketable skill for independent practitioners.

Who should join?

Our workshops are for people who are using – or who want to use – the value-creation framework, to collect data, drive learning capability, and convince people of the value of their initiative, capture value-creation stories, or do a full-scale evaluation.

It is aimed at people who are evaluators, initiative leaders, or active community members concerned with capturing and promoting the value of their learning. It is for people sleuthing for clues in pursuit of monitoring a community or project’s value – to the members, organization, or stakeholders.

Main takeaway?

A language, set of skills, and growing network of people that will help you position yourself as an articulate advocate for using qualitative and quantitative data to talk about the difference your project has made. It will help your members and your sponsors monitor the value and learn to make better progress as a result of it.

Why do it?

In a beautiful location, with others who experience some of the same frustrations and opportunities as you, we explore the framework in relation to your project. 

You’ll come away with tools and solutions for doing an evaluation that will be meaningful for members and convincing to sponsors. 

With these tools, solutions, and a growing network of people who also care about value-creation, you will become more adept at monitoring and promoting the value and the learning of your work. 

Being better at monitoring and promoting the value of your interventions will bring you one step closer to making a difference you care about.

How it unfolds

In this workshop, we will use our shared experiences of using the value-creation framework to answer the kinds of questions below. The workshop is practical and project-based so the learning agenda will be shaped by the project or initiative you bring to the table.

Getting started with the framework

  • I’ve read about the framework, but how and where do I start using it in my project?
  • What does a value-detective’s toolkit look like?
  • I’m writing up a project proposal. How can I best include the use of the value-creation framework for showing the value we could or will create? What would be the ideal scenario?

Collecting and integrating data

  • We have a team of members and a support team ready to capture value-creation stories. What are the essential tools and methods they need to know how to use?
  • We’ve got a lot of quantitative data and some stories, how do we now integrate the two kinds of data?
  • What’s the minimum we need to do to collect and promote value-creation stories?
  • I use a survey and interviews, but still find it hard to capture good value-creation stories. How can I get better?

Pragmatic alignment with existing demands

  • We’ve been collecting data from our normal evaluation sources for a few years now, how can I productively use the framework to give an even more plausible account of the value of our initiative?
  • This is the log-frame we have to use. Is there a productive and efficient way to align the value-creation framework to this?

On a shoestring

  • We have little to no resources. How can we make use of the framework to capture value-creation stories and perhaps some other data?

Presentation of results

  • We’ve captured a lot of value-creation stories, but how do we present them in a user-friendly way?
  • How can we write a report that uses the integration of both effect and attribution data?

Fast learning from the data

  • How can we best integrate the collecting of value-creation stories into the design of our agenda?
  • How do we pay attention to what the data, including the stories, is telling us? How can we help members be more attuned to this?

Framing and reframing expectations

  • How can we use the framework to inspire members to learn to make a difference? 
  • Can the framework be used to articulate what people with different aspirations would like to get out of their participation in this community or project?,


The workshop is held in-person at the Social Learning Lab in Sesimbra, Portugal over three days – Tuesday to Thursday.

The surroundings at the Social Learning Lab inspire you to feel your best. You’ll have every opportunity to make friends around focused conversations, delicious local food and a welcoming atmosphere. Relaxing opportunities are up for grabs if you want them – a walk by the ocean, yoga by the pool … It will be a space for seriousness, playfulness, candidness, and change. 

There are some spaces for online participation, which is synchronous and full-time.

Note that we plan to run totally online value-detective workshops in the future.

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