Pathway development programme

Upskilling professionals in evidence-based practice

Pathway is a flexible, modular development programme, designed to equip professionals with the skills and expertise to practically apply the principles of evidence-based practice.

Why Pathway?

People in organisations make important decisions and investments every day about their employees, processes, products and clients. But it’s challenging to make the right decisions when you’re faced with lots of information and data, conflicting advice about ‘best practice’, simplistic fads and fashions, let alone personal biases and relationships in the workplace. Being more systematic and rigorous helps you cut through the ‘noise’, enabling you to critically appraise information, and take action that is based on insight and evidence, rather than opinion or organisational tradition.

Pathway delivers practical, real-world training, designed to help professionals become more effective in their role, matching skill development with organisational need, at a time that’s right for you.

The Pathway programme

In designing Pathway we recognise that the needs of organisations and practitioners will vary. That’s why, with our support, you’ll define your own Pathway journey – whether that’s one course module, or a series of modules.

Pathway modules are organised against two broad themes:

Practitioner skills

These modules focus on upskilling people to make decisions based on the best available evidence, to understand and apply research and data, and to influence others in this regard.

Evidence-based decision-making - "We keep making the same mistakes!"

This one-day module provides employees with an insight into the limitations of human decision-making at work, including how we can easily fall prey to fads and fashions, personal biases and ‘thinking errors’. Acknowledging that we don’t usually set out to make poor-quality decisions, we explore why it can be so difficult, particularly the organisational and individual contributing factors. We explore tools and techniques to improve our objectivity when it comes to new initiatives, making changes and evaluating our own and others’ critical thinking.

You will learn:

  • Why decision-making can be difficult at work
  • the role of myths, fads and fashions in the workplace and how to deal with them
  • How our cognitive biases and personal preferences skew decision-making
  • How to deal with cognitive biases in ourselves, and in others
  • How to design and conduct post-implementation reviews.

This one-day module, run on an in-house basis, costs £2000 (up to 12 delegates).

Stakeholder management - "Why can’t they see things the way I do?"

Here we look at the importance of relationships in the workplace and the role of influencing and negotiation when convincing others. This is particularly relevant when we consider the use of scientific and other good quality evidence. Not everyone welcomes new evidence and new ways of thinking! And there’s no one single method for convincing others to change their minds. We emphasise the interdependence of working relationships and the skills of objectivity, tact and diplomacy when encouraging others to use evidence when making decisions.

You will learn:

  • To understand the role of stakeholder management in evidence-based practice
  • How to identify and categorise stakeholders
  • Principles of organisational power
  • Influencing versus negotiating
  • How to make the case for using evidence and data
  • How to deal with resistance from stakeholders.

This one-day module, run on an in-house basis, costs £2000 (up to 12 delegates).

Understanding research - "I feel blinded by science!"

Scientific and academic evidence is a key part of evidence-based practice, but it’s not always accessible or easy to understand. As scientists ourselves, we’ll help decode the terminology and share the essentials of what to look for when reading a piece of research – the way it was designed and implemented, the methodology and the analyses performed on the data. Delegates will learn how to distinguish excellent from average research, what to look out for in results and how to implement the findings of research in their own environment.

You will learn:

  • The principles of robust research
  • Different methodological approaches
  • How the design of research varies (cross-sectional, longitudinal, case studies etc.)
  • How to evaluate the evidence-based of common research approaches
  • How research is presented
  • How to access sources of organisational research.

This one-day module, run on an in-house basis, costs £2000 (up to 12 delegates).

Making sense of data - "What does it all mean?"

This module is designed to remove the fear many of us have when it comes to data and statistics. Working in a data-rich environment can feel overwhelming, especially when others use data to support their own perspective. We’ll cover the essential theory and practice of organisational data, using realistic examples, to build delegates’ confidence when dealing with quantitative data at work. We’ll explore the different ways the same piece of data can be represented very differently and what to look out for in others’ data analyses.

You will learn:

  • Core data principles
  • What types of organisational data there are
  • How to understand central tendency
  • The meaning of statistical significance
  • Correlation versus causation
  • How to understand group differences
  • How to chart and present data effectively.

This one-day module, run on an in-house basis, costs £2000 (up to 12 delegates).

Evidence-based evaluation - "Did it work?"

Designed specifically to give practitioners the skills to evaluate the impact of initiatives at work. A core element of evidence-based practice is knowing what works and how it works. Yet, organisations consistently fail to carry out thorough evaluations of their restructures, their training or the adjustments they make to how and where employees work. This module covers processes and models to practically raise your evaluation game, to identify how well things are working (or not) and to make the case for change.

You will learn:

  • Where evaluation can be used in organisations
  • How to build an evaluation framework
  • How to evaluate organisational change
  • Evaluation of training and development initiatives
  • How to report the outcomes of an evaluation to stakeholders.

This two-day module, run on an in-house basis, costs £4000 (up to 12 delegates).

Organisational research

These modules focus on upskilling employees in all aspects of organisational research, from focus groups to surveys, designing quality research in a pragmatic but evidence-based way.

Principles of organisational research

Delegates will learn the essentials of planning and executing their own organisational research. We cover the pros and cons of different research designs, the role of sampling, pilot studies, control groups and dealing with the interruptions and ‘noise’ that come from working in the real world. Delegates will learn how to frame a research question, identify a method for collecting data and consider how they can best analyse it.

You will learn:

  • How to generate and test an hypothesis
  • How to design research in organisations, which models and approaches to choose and when
  • The role of control groups in organisational research.

This one-day module, run on an in-house basis, costs £2000 (up to 12 delegates).

Getting value from employee surveys

There’s more to conducting a survey than thinking up some questions! This module covers the science behind surveys in organisations and gives guidance on when surveys should and shouldn’t be used. We cover survey design, pre- and post-survey communications, data analysis and reporting. If you want to conduct surveys independently of external providers, or simply improve how you manage your existing survey, this module represents a valuable investment.

You will learn:

  • The principles of designing organisational surveys
  • How benchmark data is used
  • How to design a survey process
  • The importance of employee communications before, during and after a survey
  • How to analyse and report survey data
  • Taking action from survey data.

This two-day module, run on an in-house basis, costs £4000 (up to 12 delegates).

Qualitative data analysis

Not all data takes the form of numbers. Qualitative information such as employee survey comments or the outputs from focus groups can be hugely powerful, providing a rich narrative. However, analysing this kind of information is quite different to that of quantitative statistics, so we approach it in a very different way. Delegates will be immersed in realistic comments from a research questionnaire and taught the principles of thematic analysis so they can identify themes and sub-themes and learn how to write up and share their insights.

You will learn:

  • The sources of qualitative data in organisations
  • The philosophy of qualitative inquiry
  • How qualitative data can be used
  • The role of mixed-methods approaches in organisations
  • Thematic analysis of qualitative data.

This two-day module, run on an in-house basis, costs £4000 (up to 12 delegates).

Designing and running focus groups

Here we take delegates through the practicalities of organising, designing and taking action from focus groups. Gathering employee or customer feedback in a shared forum brings advantages but also some challenges, including managing accurate data collection, handling disagreements and conflicts, making sense of feedback gathered and turning feedback into action. This module starts with the fundamentals and covers practical exercises to build delegates’ confidence and skills so they can run their own focus groups.

You will learn:

  • The purpose of focus groups
  • How focus groups can inform decision-making
  • The limitations of focus groups
  • The importance of confidentiality and anonymity
  • How to recruit participants for focus groups
  • How to design, run and analyse a focus group.

This one-day module, run on an in-house basis, costs £2000 (up to 12 delegates).

Benefits of Pathway

  • Pathway’s flexible modular design allows delegates to tailor their development journey based on their specific needs. There’s no requirement to commit to multiple modules over time.
  • Delegates will be equipped with the skills and understanding to critically appraise evidence and data, distinguish between reputable, quality advice and simplistic fads and fashions.
  • Pathway modules can ‘plug’ into existing development programmes at all levels in an organisation.
  • We help delegates become more informed purchasers, practitioners who can use scientific principles and evidence to better effect in the workplace.
  • Pragmatism is embedded in all our modules, reflecting the realities of working in an organisation, helping you deliver ‘best fit’ solutions to your challenges.

Where will your Pathway journey start?

Download the Pathway brochure to find out more about the programme.

Contact us to discuss your organisation’s needs – email info@futureworkcentre.com or give us a call on 020 7947 4273.