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Learning partnerships

Learning is vital for the success of any organisation. We create engaging ways to address difficult topics, deliver rigorous problem-solving and drive improvement.

In complex organisations and systems, it’s not only learning but collaborative learning that is essential.  However much data is crunched, it’s impossible for any single person or department to have all the intelligence or appreciate all the ramifications of an action.  Proactively seeking and sharing information is critically important for making good decisions. Yet barriers, both cultural and functional, often impede shared learning and improvement.

We provide consultancy support to design and deliver learning programmes for health and social care-related institutions. Our learning programmes motivate and connect people so they think beyond their role to work more productively, solve problems efficiently and demonstrate impact.

Our services

  • We uncover insight. We use action learning sets, interviews, focus groups, surveys, reports and digital and face-to-face events to reveal findings and stimulate productive discussions.
  • We identify who needs to take part in and share this learning. We plan creative ways for people to be involved in the learning process, so they and their organisation get the most from it long term.
  • We use engaging digital and face-to-face events, both large and small, to connect stakeholders and gather and share learning. Our event formats are tailored to each specific project and its participants.
  • We create learning infrastructure for organisations to build on and share. These are tailored for each project, from collecting, collating and interpreting data and using it to make operational decisions to building a website to host insights and information.
  • We share learning and make recommendations. Our engaging reporting formats collate key insights, evidence and learning and deliver recommendations for key internal and external audiences eg. communities, policy makers and government.
  • We share learning to wider audiences. As well as reports and publications, we also find compelling ways – such as digital events, films, roundtables and workshops – to share insights and recommendations in ways that are most helpful to innovators and other audiences such as funders, commissioners and policy makers.

Our key principles for learning

  • Make learning part of the day job not in addition
  • Make it fun
  • Be deliberate (and ruthless) about what you want to focus on
  • Listen to diverse views
  • Balance pragmatism and rigour

Our experience

  • We are the learning partner for the National Lottery Community Fund’s six-year ‘Ageing Better’ programme. Through a combination of face-to-face, digital, roundtable and residential events and workshops, we are supporting a cohort of local partners to build relationships and collate and share learning they have gained throughout the programme.
  • The British Red Cross and Co-op partnership has almost 40 Community Connector services across the UK to reconnect people who are experiencing loneliness back to their communities. To share insight and learn from others, the partnership wanted to bring together Community Connectors, and those working in similar services.
  • We worked on behalf of NHS England to spread learning and good practice from the Healthy New Towns programme. We successfully brought together groups of people from a wide range of sectors with different cultures, priorities and working practices who do not ordinarily meet or work with one another.
  • We are developing a framework to collect, collate, interpret and share insights and lessons from Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity’s three ‘Urban Health’ programmes. It looks into the effects of childhood obesity, air pollution and multiple long-term conditions on people in urban settings.


What our clients say

“Kaleidoscope successfully delivered a complex series of events with participants from a wide range of sectors to spread learning from the Healthy New Towns programme. Kaleidoscope’s ability to design and deliver innovative events to engage stakeholders and resolve local issues was crucial to the success of the programme.”

Luke Hunka, Strategy Adviser, NHS England and NHS Improvement

“Kaleidoscope offered a fresh approach to what can sometimes be formulaic public engagement conversations. They positively challenged our thinking, delivering a creative set of engagement events that were well received by participants and have had a demonstrable impact on the development of our NHS Long Term Plan response.”

Tom Henderson, ICS Programme Manager, Our Healthier South East London

“Kaleidoscope were instrumental in helping the British Red Cross and Co-op Partnership drive forward the tackling loneliness agenda. Time and again, they helped us convene voluntary, private and public sector organisations and delivered dynamic – and useful – events.”

Olivia Field, Policy and Engagement Manager (Loneliness and Social Isolation), British Red Cross

Could we help you?

If you’d like to talk to us about how we could support and share learning in your organisation, get in touch.