The voices of our participants are so important to us. After each and every event, we make changes to both the facilitation and content based on their feedback and suggestions. After all, our participants are the reason we are here in the first place.
We have received so many stories from past participants to let us know the enormous impact The Justice Based Approach has made in their lives and work -- and in many ways, it's these stories that inspire us to continue sharing.
Here is what our participants say about the course and being part of a global movement for justice. Also, check out our Facebook page for more past participant voices.
"Great Training! With great trainers, one can get to know [one's] own passion, strength, and weakness through different activities of the training. This training is helpful for both organizations and individuals to make a change in one's life. [You] will get the chance to interact with different people . You will feel fruitful, as one can learn through interactive, sharing, group work and energizer games."
Participant from Empowering Women of Nepal
"This training will make you question and challenge your own assumptions and mindsets. It will encourage you to think differently about existing systems and how you can design more participatory and inclusive programmes. I would strongly recommend this training, not just to those starting out their careers in development/social work, but perhaps even more so for those who have been in the line for so long that they stop asking questions and challenging themselves."
"In every society, I still believe that there are many injustices, and our work and responsibility as civil society are to ensure that we bring justice to vulnerable and excluded group of people, so understanding the Justice Based Approach is so important to my work. It can show us the way to work for a better society."
Participant from ActionAid Cambodia
"It will open your mind to ideas you never realized you could have."
"It's different than any other training -- a new way of thinking and a new way of engaged learning."
"The training was the best motivation - and energy-boost - I had in my professional career."
"The training session is really mind-opening: after having this training, it will definitely change everyone's way of thinking for development."
"Justice based approach training is completely different than [any other] contemporary training, and it is a must-do training."
WORLD VISION CAMBODIA
"It is the best training I have ever had! It helped me think differently, opened my perspective, and [taught] a new way of doing development work!"
HUMANITARIAN LEADERSHIP ACADEMY PHILIPPINES
"A must-attend if one wants to be more effective, efficient, just, humane and simply better and smarter."
UN OCHA MYANMAR
"It's a different frame of thinking about perennial issues that puts people at the centre of any action."
"It is awesome and vision changing for professionals who want to think and work differently."
The Justice Based Approach course was launched in May 2017 -- first as a pilot to test the model and then scaled-up based on the positive feedback and results. Since then, we have trained 1173 people from over 450 organisations at 36 separate events in 12 countries across Asia, the Pacific and Europe, as summarized in our 2017, 2018 and 2019 training overviews. We have also conducted our first online, six-week course for 174 participants from 38 countries.
We believe in the power of learning and accountability and evidence-based decision-making, so we gather evaluation data voluntarily at 3 key points to know what's working and what's not (based on a modified Kirkpatrick training evaluation model): during the course, via online survey immediately following the course, and via online evaluation 3 months after the course.
A third of all participants have weighed in, and the results are surprising.
98% of participants would recommend the course to others working for social change
89% of participants now feel able to put their beliefs and passions into action in everyday life
98% of participants are satisfied or greatly satisfied with the course content and facilitation
76% of participants have used aspects of the Justice Based approach in their work since finishing the course
95% of participants agree or strongly agree that the course helped them see things in a new way
In addition, participants have rated us an average of 6 out of 7 for Good Value for Money and 6.1 out of 7 for Relevance to Their Work. We now have 594 participants as part of our growing online community, forming a learning group for ongoing professional and personal development.
A MOVEMENT FOR JUSTICE
Our 1000 plus participants have come from a wide variety of organisations -- from international NGOs (57%) and national NGOs (25%) to UN agencies, government officials, foundations, donors, and independent activists and consultants.
They work to alleviate poverty, respond to humanitarian crises, advocate for human rights, protect the environment, develop health and education, empower young people, women, indigenous communities, differently-abled people and other marginalized groups -- basically from every sphere of humanitarian, development, social change and environmental justice work.
Here are just a few of them...