We are challenging the limitations of partnering remotely by emerging some exciting new thinking about how best to support and grow more effective remote partnering practice.
Whatever evolves from this project must be capable of meeting a wide variety of needs, constraints and contextual specifics – we can only know what is really needed and what is possible by closely working with those who currently struggle to make remote working work which is why we work with a number of partners and their networks and reach out to front line practitioners directly.
Our solutions are designed to be user-friendly – capable of crossing language, sector and hierarchical boundaries – which means jargon-free, flexible, imaginative, inter-active and not over-reliant on technology. If you have ideas to share or test please contact us.
COMPLETED PROJECT ACTIVITIES to date:
- September to December 2016
MAKING SENSE OF EXPERIENCE TO DATE
Action research completed that assessed: what the challenges of remote partnering are; if / where there are examples of successful remote partnerships working well and what lessons can be drawn from these findings. Approaches included: desk-top research, an on-line survey, face-to-face and skype interviews, group discussions, case study analysis and papers from front line practitioners. As materials become available they will be uploaded onto the web site – seeking comments and further contributions. Report is available on this site (see: Outputs).
- January to April 2017
DESIGN & CREATIVITY WORKSHOP
Design Workshop was held in January 2017 in the UK for partners, field colleagues and specialists (including a creative artist, story teller and on-line learning pioneer) that built on research findings and explored / developed some creative new approaches for testing in the field. Creativity Workshops will take place in Africa, Asia and the Middle East to test suggested approaches, explore new ideas and help shape the roll out programme.
- May to September 2017
FURTHER TESTING, FEEDBACK AND LEARNING LESSONS
Through our partner organisations and a series of webinars and further 1-2-1 conversations, we have taken our explorations further. In parallel a specific project with one of our partners, Action Against Hunger, has seen the development and launch of a new on-line Tool Box developed by practitioners for practitioners defyingdistance.org. We see this, together with our major on-line Remote Partnering Programme (see below), as having a potentially big impact on a number of partnering endeavours worldwide including those that are dedicated to delivering the Sustainable Development Goals.
- September to March 2018
DEVELOPMENT OF REMOTE PARTNERING ON-LINE PROGRAMME
Working with our founding partners and 5 new project partners together with the Geneva Learning Foundation we are creating, piloting and reviewing the first programme of this kind. Alongside this we will continue to build awareness of the challenges and opportunities of remote partnering and evolving other initiatives that will support those working long distance in partnering and other collaborative arrangements.
- April 2018 onwards
GOING TO SCALE
Building on the experience in 2017, and lessons learnt about what works well and less well in different contexts and circumstances, a number of new materials will be finalised. This will include the public launch of the Remote Partnering On-line Programme.