The WeValue approach has been developed with the input of over 2000 individuals in 61 countries, and tested in over 150 organisations and social action projects across the world, including work with the International Federation of the Red Cross, the Earth Charter Initiative, the Alliance for Religions and Conservation and Reforestamos Mexico A.C.
The WeValue approach has core elements which include a skilled facilitator, values elicitation processes, the use of a set of WeValue indicators , and an understanding of underpinning theories. Without these, even otherwise skilled facilitators may not achieve satisfactory outcomes. With them, some quite remarkable transformations and achievements have been obtained.
To ensure that WeValue based workshops achieve a standard quality and maintain their reputation, a Certification system has been set up for recognised facilitators.
Current WeValue facilitators have been trained through collaborative research projects led by the University of Brighton. In response to a growing demand or facilitation training and certification, the Values and Sustainability Research Group at the University of Brighton is developing a certification program.
The following are the minimum requirements are deemed necessary for a facilitator to be ready to lead WeValue workshops:
- Participate in or observe of a full WeValue workshop, from beginning to end;
- Reflection on their experience in (1);
- Plan a workshop, including writing a Workshop Plan (template provided);
- Lead an entire workshop, with a Certified Facilitator. (We recommend that where possible the candidate leads first in sub-elements as preparation, but this may not always be possible to arrange);
- Demonstrate an understanding of the stated needs of the user group;
- Demonstrate knowledge of key elements within the WeValue approach and how these need to be contextualised – from experience and available training resources. (This may be in the form of a test or assignment);
- Demonstrate an awareness of ethical issues relating to conducting a WeValue workshop.
For those interested in certification for formal WeValue values-led evaluation, additional requirements include:
- Completed work with a group to develop and implement an evaluation strategy based on a values framework (developed through WeValue approach);
- Demonstrate ability to design an evaluation process (including use of different assessment methods);
- Demonstrate ability to justify decisions about the extent, breadth and depth of participation within the evaluation process;
- Demonstrate an understanding of basic rigour and validity issues.
The detail will vary slightly depending on the specified type of organisation/project/group and the purpose of the work.
The Certifying Body is the Values and Sustainability Research Group, University of Brighton. The certification process will be based on the completion of items outlined above, in any relevant combination. This will provide an overall score which will be complemented by the Certifying Body representative’s experience of working with the prospective WeValue Facilitator.
Please see the biographies of our current certified facilitators here:
Mr. SZE-TO Kin Tat (BSW, MA in Social Work, MA in Value Education) is the Manager of Humanitarian Education Centre of Hong Kong Red Cross. Experienced in humanitarian education, experiential learning and volunteer management. Interested in measuring the outcome and social impact of humanitarian education and value education. He is now focusing on the programme “War Zone 90” which is the first “War” related experiential activity in Asia. He is also trying to apply the WeValue framework on measuring and evaluating the programme now.
Irene LUI is a humanitarian worker of Hong Kong Red Cross, experienced in Volunteer Development, Event Planning and Execution, Elderly Service as well as Humanitarian Education Programme. She Obtained BA (Hons) Public and Social Administration and MSC in Management (Human Resources Management) in Hong Kong. Since 2016, she has been taking part in the application of WeValue framework and facilitating its further development in the agency.
Dr. Dimity Podger founded Barasa Consulting Group to work with small to medium sized enterprises to identify and bring to life their noble purpose and core values, resulting in higher levels of engagement, collaborative cultures, and aligned business systems, strategy, practices, and operation. She has worked for over 15 years delivering values-based leadership and culture initiatives, sustainability programs, and learning experiences for not for profits, change makers, social enterprises, small and large businesses, health institutions, financial institutions, government agencies, and educational institutions.
Some examples of her work include: working with NSW Procurement to map the current and future desired culture, develop an implementation roadmap, and design and deliver a Values-in-Action leadership program; collaborating with The Ethics Centre to design and deliver ethical leadership and decision making programs with the banking and finance (Commonwealth Bank, ANZ, Risk Management Association of Australia), health and aging (Benetas, Australian Unity), public service (National Public Service of PNG), and higher education (University of New Castle) sectors; working with Cure Brain Cancer Foundation to design and facilitate a values and culture development program, involving culture assessment, as well as values and behaviour workshops; and with the Youth Food Movement to design and facilitate a process of articulating their core values and advising on behaviour articulation and implementation. The focus of these programs has been to bring about an engaged, collaborative, purpose and values-aligned culture that results in higher performance and a meaningful work experience for all.
In designing her programs Dimity draws on the outcomes of her doctorate which explored the essential elements for successful culture and organisational change programs, particularly the need for both personal and organisational transformation, values-based leadership development, service, reciprocity, and genuine participation. Her programs are also informed by her work as a research fellow at the University of Brighton with an international partnership to create a values measurement framework and organisational transformation tool for business and civil society organisations (see WeValue and Starting With Values at Brighton University, UK). Her experience in cultural change approaches include action research, peer to peer action learning, and education for sustainability.
Dimity is a Certified WeValue facilitator, has completed Master Classes in Action Learning and Culture Mapping, and holds a Masters in Environmental Studies. She partners with People Ink, a US-based organisational culture change firm to deliver values-based organisational change and recruitment tools in Australia.
She has published journal articles and blog posts on these topics. You can follow her on twitter @dimitypodger and connect on LinkedIn. Her website is: www.barasaconsult.com and would love to connect for a conversation.
Martin Tse is a research assistant based in Hong Kong, looking at matters of spirituality and the possibility of developing a value-based framework that evaluates the performances of social groups in the Third Sector. Since 2013, he has been supporting several WeValue workshops launched in Hong Kong, and will continue to assist the ongoing development of the framework.
Eugene Yi Cheong TUNG is a MPhil student at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is now doing his second year in his postgraduate research degree program. His research interests include corporate culture, organisational theories and strategies, organisational development, and NGO and value-driven organisations. Before entering the current program, he has worked in human resource departments of MNCs and a major bank. He also has long term commitments in the Red Cross Red Crescent movement. He joined the movement in Hong Kong in 2002 and works in organisational and youth development areas at various levels. He got his undergraduate degree in business administration in human resources management and quantitative marketing at The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2012.
Christy Wong is a humanitarian worker based in Hong Kong. Experienced in overseas disaster relief, recovery and resilience programs, she is now specialized in program planning, monitoring, evaluation and reporting, as well as providing support on staff capacity building in a humanitarian agency. Since 2016, she has been taking part in the application of WeValue framework and facilitating its further development in the agency.
Yvonne YU has been working in a humanitarian organisation based in Hong Kong since 2001 and has gained solid experience in disaster management, youth work and volunteer management. Her recent focus is service planning and evaluation while at the same time supporting the development of the 5-year strategic plan for the organisation. In the past few years, Yvonne has explored and learned different methodologies and approaches of outcome and impact evaluation. “WeValue” is one of the tools she introduced to the organisation in 2016.