What do we need from a directory of available trainers and consultants - and researchers?

One suggestion that arose from the 2017 members' survey was that there is a need for hands-on in-put to assist services in their development, that the PIElink itself can hardly fill.

But across the UK - and to a much lesser extent, so far, in other countries - there are now individuals and groups that are able to offer either one-off or on-going support (or both) to services that are developing as PIEs - whether on specific aspects, or across the whole range of the service. 

Can we create a directory for such face-to-face or direct in-put training and consultancy services, academic and independent researchers?   If so, what should it look like, and what information should it contain?

For example, how useful is it to know where an individual or a consultancy team is based, as an indication of what geographical range they can cover, at reasonable cost? If so, how best to express this?

If you have views on this - or if you have requests - there is a comment section at the bottom of this page, that you might use?

NB: The column to the right is wider than our standard width, to allow room for a sentence or two, and/or a website link or email address, from anyone wishing to advertise their services. 

A working vocabulary

Now that the first edition of the trainers and consultants (and researchers') directory is published (HERE) , it may be useful to give an indication of the terms used, in the Excel Spreadsheet.  For these purposes:

Mentoring and Supervision: one-to-one, usually confidential support; mentoring can be relatively informal or can be quite structured, as a recognised role within an organisation or social structure. Supervision is usually a more formal role, and even an expectation in some professions, and if so, tends to be more regular and structured, depending on the requirements of the particular profession.   

Training: imparting new knowledge, or drawing out the full meaning of current knowledge, to increase the awareness and skills of the recipients.

Consultancy: on-going work with an organisation, to assist them in finding their own path

Research: any form of study - but usually quite structured - that adds to the knowledge or understanding of the community, research may be kept confidential within and organisation, or shared more broadly, and/or published. 

Evaluation: any form of study that assesses the 'value added' by an organisation, a service or a specific activity. Evaluation may be on-going and 'formative', or come only at the end of a period ('summative evaluation') such as measuring outcomes.


See also: 'Divided by a common language'?: A UK/US vocabulary of homelessness terminology  HERE