Dialogue-based workshops help groups identify beliefs and values that influence team interaction. Through structured dialogue and associated co-creation activities, Toolbox workshops enhance the capacity of groups to coordinate their activities and achieve their project objectives.
We also deliver dialogue-based workshops that help organizations think about their values and priorities, identifying similarities and differences that inform strategic planning. With these workshops, we assist partner organizations in developing their mission and vision statements.
TDI provides data-based communication support for partner organizations and projects, gathering information through surveys about internal communication dynamics. With this information, TDI helps partners identify strengths and weaknesses in communication within their group and work toward a positive communication culture.
TDI runs different types of workshops depending on the needs of our partner. Workshop types vary from low-cost one-time virtual options to custom-designed sets of in-person workshops distributed over the life of a project. All workshops can be in-person or virtual. Workshop fees vary and are available on request.
All workshops involve preparatory work with partners and follow-up from TDI. For an individual, tailored workshop, the process involves five steps:
Develop the workshop elements iteratively with the partner
“While we had a sense that our program was being successful, the Toolbox workshops provided data, and gave us a better sense of where to go next.”
“Through holding workshops at each of the project meetings and conducting communication surveys, the Toolbox team has offered a philosophical and reflective platform to raise awareness of the project partners’ values, motivations, understanding of their roles and communication style.”
"I strongly support the Toolbox Dialogue Initiative team and recommend them as wonderful partners in any interdisciplinary research enterprise.”
“Our work with the Toolbox Dialogue Initiative is helping us advance our mission and we look forward to a growing partnership in the future.”
In 2017, TDI workshop programming was evaluated by the Western Michigan Evaluation Center, yielding a report represented by these infographics. The full report is available upon request.