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Our consultancy

 

On this page we answer the question, what is Consultancy? We also explain why we think it’s important and our approach.

You can also find out more about our In-house Training and view related news.

 

 

WHAT 'CONSULTANCY' means to us:

 

We honour the relationships we have and enjoy the interactions we are part of.  The majority of our consulting work arises from clients who then recommend us to others.

With our attentive contracting and customised delivery, you can expect:

  • Challenge, support and space to take stock and change

People involved in the consultancy are likely to experience:

  • Breakthroughs; insights; surprises; validation of experience and new conversations

You are likely to gain:

  • Renewed dedication; deeper connection with colleagues; increased ambition and energy for learning and a clear sense of collectively agreed action

Typically, your organisation and IMA International have cultivated a relationship of mutual trust which allows for this style of consultation.  For example, we are often approached for consultation once clients have got to know us through being part of a learning and training programme, group facilitation or retreat event.  

 

Working systemically, we offer:

  • accompaniment-style consulting
  • strategic thinking and planning
  • developing theories of change
  • participatory facilitation of multi-stakeholder processes
  • training of facilitators and trainers
  • capacity building
  • organisational assessment
  • designing M&E and organisational learning systems
  • evaluating development programmes
  • facilitating action learning
  • designing and reviewing education/training programmes

 

 

WHY WE THINK IT’S IMPORTANT:

 

 

We see good things with the way we consult with individuals and groups. Our clients are keen to look at fundamentals; at purpose and identity; at international trends; at the call for meaningful response and at supporting those who work with uncertainty and transformation.

Consultancy is an opportunity to experience break-throughs, insights, validation of experience and new conversations. You gain more energy for learning, increase ambition and hold a clearer sense of purpose.

 

 

 

OUR APPROACH:

 

We offer consultation services for groups of decision-makers and implementers, international development practitioners, working in function or project teams – in complex organisations of social change.

We bring a principle of co-creation to the work we undertake. We honour the organisational relationships we have - the majority of our work arises from clients who experience the value of working in this way and recommend us to others.  We ensure that we create the conditions where we and our clients deal with challenge, benefit from support and space to take stock and expand for greater understanding and results.

We draw on experience and current thinking in the relevant disciplines to facilitate collective processes and provide stimulating, fitting input.  We will ensure that all processes reflect and are grounded your organisational identity and direction.

 

 

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In-house Training

Build your own training programme with a customised in-house course for your organisation. 


With in-house training, you can choose the course that's right for you. Mix and match objectives and topics, location and course length, and number of participants to perfectly suit you.

 


How your team can benefit from in-house training

 

In-house training offers three benefits:


Customised - a customised course will meet your staffs' specific needs. We can create a course based on an identified skill gap or workplace issue or if you prefer our consultants can talk with you about your training needs before you decide on a course. The location, duration and timing are up to you.  


Inclusive - by training whole groups or teams you make sure nobody is left out. This way the training has greater and more lasting impact.


Economical - by training a whole team or department, the cost per person is less. Our fees are based on the training itself, so it makes sense to fill the course with up to 25 participants and get maximum value for money. 

 


How do I start?


If you are not sure what your needs are, why not take a look at some of our suggested topics. Alternatively, just email and one of our consultants will be happy to talk through your organisation's needs. If you already have a firm idea of what the training needs of your staff and want to know how we can help, fill in our enquiry form. We’ll send you some thoughts on course design.

 

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Featured news  

 

This week IMA Consultants Dani Guijarro and Iñigo Retolaza have facilitated a 2 day workshop for Greenpeace Spain and Greenpeace International staff involved in strategic planning, M&E and communication, it aimed to explore how to implement IMA´s Theory of Change approach and tool in the GP planning and M&E System.

Using current programmes as pilot case studies, Dani and Iñigo have trained staff from different departments on analytical and methodological tools, skills and meta-skills to facilitate processes of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation that ensure an (un)learning perspective, using our ToC approach.


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  • WHY: To develop further a training workshop content to ensure improved legal management of fisheries and the environment in areas beyond national jurisdiction
  • WHO: Chris Grose (IMA) with FAO Rome (legal and fisheries) and Strathclyde University staff
  • WHAT: Writeshop on Deep Sea Fisheries Law in Practice
  • HOW: Writeshop facilitated by IMA over a two day period producing a written document and plan of action
  • WHERE: FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy
  • WHEN: 21 - 22 June, 2018

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A Results Based Management and Training of Trainers workshop in Lesotho

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Website: http://www.gov.ls/gov_webportal/ministries/development%20planning/dev_planning.html

  • WHAT: Lesotho Data for Sustainable Development Project
  • WHERE: Lesotho
  • WHEN: October 2017

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I’ve increasingly been struck this year with the strength of the notion that the way the problem is understood and depicted determines what we do.  And the idea that language is generative is becoming more alive to me in all the recent work we’ve been up to. 

 

Talking about organisations, for example, as open, complex (not complicated!) living networks, requiring healthy feedback loops, living with uncertainty and conflict as part of the terrain, where a member affects the whole and the whole affects each member produces very different results from talking about organisations as if they were closed structures to be managed…

 

When...
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In Madrid, our trainers Dani and Inigo have been working with Dinamia, a social consultancy specialising in economic, social and educational projects, both in Spain and Latin America. Dinamia has been working collectively since 2004 and is made up of professionals from the social and solidarity economy, who propose working with new management models and strategic consulting for public and private institutions and the Third Sector.  

Using a Theory U approach, combined with different strategic planning tools as Theory of Change, Dani and Inigo facilitated Dinamia’s Strategic Planning Process considering perceptions and expectations of different actors inside and outside Dinamia, an exploration...
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EAFM Training of Trainers

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Website: http://www.eafmlearn.org

Great sharing on our last day of Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management (EAFM) Training of Trainers, near Tarcoles, on Pacific coast of Costa Rica. The 6 participating Latin America and Caribbean country teams presented solid strategies for supporting the development/revision of pilot site fisheries management plans. Coaching provided by REBYC II-LAC project coordinator, senior lecturer from University of West Indies, Chris Grose and Silvia Capezzuoli.

Learn more about EAFM here...
http://www.eafmlearn.org/


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We were pleased to recently host members of the Ministry of Agriculture, Mozambique, in the UK for a 10 days tailor made workshop on Monitoring and Evaluation for Results.  The participants were part of the Agricultural Productivity Program for Southern Africa (APPSA) which seeks to improve technology generation and dissemination within and among participating countries in southern Africa by building capacity within national R&D systems and enhancing regional collaboration.  Using the current organisational documents of APPSA, we covered the fundamentals of M&E and then went into depth about tools and techniques related to M&E including Theory of Change, Participatory Data gathering...
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The Italian NGO ACRA works in different countries, directly implementing projects and working through partners.

Recently, staff at HQ articulated the need to harmonise their understanding of M&E concepts and tools. Leigh and Silvia facilitated a workshop for ACRA in Milan, allowing project and support staff to develop their own understanding of what M&E means to ACRA.

We worked on theories of change for a couple of projects and critically, spent time looking at how to develop and strengthen the relationship between projects and the wider, organizational learning environment, ensuring engagement and accountability.   


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We were very pleased asked by AVERT to support their thinking process as they develop their next 5 year Strategic Plan.  As a starting point we explored the team’s thinking around AVERT’s work and reason for being- working globally on HIV and AIDS prevention.  Using Theory of Change we discussed the importance of personal and organisational assumptions, highlighting how much we need to be aware of these as they frame our view of reality and social change.  The AVERT team developed their theory of change over a number of weeks and IMA provided continuous support.

The next step was facilitation of the...
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Giulio and Daniel have recently been to Murmansk (Russia) where they facilitated a Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation design system for the Barents, Baltic Nature and People Programme. The workshop supported the WWF Russia Murmansk staff in designing a Participatory M&E system integrated with qualitative data collection and analysis.  Participants had a practical experience around the value of timelines and Stories of Change for M&E purposes integrating a qualitative approach to the usual Key Performance Indicators (KPI's).


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A rare occurrence happened last week, four of our in-house consultants were in the office at the same time!

It was a perfect opportunity to ask them what they have been up to and what they have got planned in our first vlog!

If you have questions you would like to hear our consultants answer or topics you would like them to discuss in the next one, please leave a comment.

Thanks, Ruth Jolly, Chris Grose, Giulio Ghirardo & Silvia Capezzuoli.
 

 

 


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We believe that for a training course to be a real learning experience, participants need to feel they go home with real ‘takeaways’ which they can comfortably put into practice to improve their work. 18 participants from UNDP, World Bank, Ghana Revenue Authority, Rwanda Electricity Corporation, KOICA, Centre for Communication Programmes Nigeria, Danish Refugee Council, Porticus Trust Kenya, SIDA and independents gathered together for 2 weeks at our seafront venue to talk, listen, learn and share experiences. We know that all 18 participants from 11 different countries definitely acquired new skills and tips at a personal level. In terms of professional development, key...
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