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Just published: White paper: Evaluating action learning

Author: Mandy Hetherton, Senior Associate at Action Learning Associates Title: Evaluating action learning: tick box exercise or powerful change process? In this white … More

TOPSHOTS A woman hugs a baby wrapped in an emergency blanket as refugees and migrants arrive on the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey on October 1, 2015. The UN refugee agency UNHCR said it expects 700,000 migrants and refugees to reach Europe via the Mediterranean this year and projected at least the same amount again in 2016. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINISARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images

Christmas 2015 donation to Positive Action in Housing

Some of you may recall we chose to make a donation to our chosen charity Positive Action in Housing in lieu of Christmas … More


Want to try action learning? Free half day Taster Workshop, Friday 24 June, London

Heard about action learning and intrigued by what you’ve heard? Interested in using it in your organisation but don’t want to commit to something you’ve not tried yourself? Thinking of how to embed the learning in your leadership development programme? ALA is running a free half day Action Learning Taster Workshop in Central London on 24 June. More

Visiting Ugandan prison officers with the patron of the African Prisons project Lord Ramsbotham.

Action learning aids radical changes for Ugandan Prison Services

Action Learning Associates is working with pioneering charity the African Prisons Project running action learning sessions for five senior Ugandan prison officers who … More


Lancashire Fire & Rescue use action learning to tackle Employee Engagement

Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service is currently setting up a programme of action learning sets for Watch Managers as part of their Employee … More



Latest Blog Posts

How Heineken achieved coherent leadership in a global organisation

Sonja Antell writes...

Cultural differences, language barriers, operational disparities and educational variances all come together to present leaders of large and international organisations with a real … More

Evaluating action learning – what are the outcomes you can expect?

Mandy Hetherton writes...

“This has been absolutely nothing like what I expected!” Those were the words of a participant following her first experience of an action … More

A young man suffering from depression is consoled by his psychiatrist

Action learning and mental health – the voice of the carer

Jackie Draper writes...

I was asked to facilitate an action learning set for Directors and Chief Executives of agencies tasked with mental health provision.  During a … More


Piloting action learning: The Alzheimer’s Society

Jane Garnham writes...

Action learning is acknowledged to a valuable tool in individual and organisational development. When organisations embark on a programme of action learning a … More

Philippines, Tacloban, Leyte Province; 5 December 2013

A distribution of relief items by Philippine Red Cross to families in Tacloban who have been affected by the disaster. The storm surge that accompanied the typhoon left many of these families homes under water.

In Tacloban, one of the areas worst affected by Typhoon Haiyan, thousands have been left homeless. Providing shelter in the immediate and longer term is a priority.

Photo: Stephen Ryan / Irish Red Cross

British Red Cross – reflections on a virtual action learning training programme

John Heywood writes...

If organisations are to adapt and thrive in changing conditions, they need to provide high quality, relevant development opportunities whilst keeping careful control … More



Forthcoming Courses

Action learning facilitator training, delivered virtually

TBC  – Booking now

Applied action learning for experienced facilitators

Thursday 25th February  – Booking now

ILM endorsed professional development day

Friday 11th March 2016  – Booking now

Facilitator training for individuals

16–18 March 2016  – Booking now - limited availability

Facilitator training for individuals

12-14 April 2016  – Fully booked

Evaluating action learning – CPD Masterclass

Tuesday 19th April  – Booking now

Applied action learning for experienced facilitators

Tuesday 17th May 2016  – Booking Now

ILM endorsed professional development day

Wednesday 18th May 2016  – Booking now

Facilitator training for individuals

7-9 June 2016  – Fully booked

Evaluating action learning – CPD Masterclass

Tuesday 21st June 2016  – Booking now

ILM endorsed professional development day

Friday 1st July 2016  – Booking now

Facilitator training for individuals

12-14 July 2016  – Booking now

Facilitator training for individuals

20-22 September 2016  – Booking now

ILM endorsed professional development day

Tuesday 4th October 2016  – Booking now

Facilitator training for individuals

6-8 December 2016  – Booking now

Virtual action learning for experienced facilitators (CPD)

TBA  – Booking now



Forthcoming Events

Evaluating action learning – a Masterclass on how to show its worth, London, 19 April

To show that action learning makes a positive difference we need to be able to provide powerful evidence to demonstrate its effectiveness.  How … More

Case Studies


Case Studies


Changing the social care system with action learning

Introduction LankellyChase Foundation works to bring about change that will transform the quality of life of people who face severe and multiple disadvantage. … More

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Using action learning for mergers

Cancer Research UK is a good example of how action learning can contribute to the organisational issues that arise following a merger. This … More

A young man suffering from depression looks out a window

Action learning for people who use mental health services

Action learning sets have a long pedigree of being formed for professionals, academics and managers across a range of sectors and in particular … More


Independent evaluation of the Leadership Facilitation Skills programme

Facilitating Leadership through Action Learning: The case of the Creative & Cultural Industries Summary This is an account of a novel approach to leadership … More

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The business impact of Action Learning at HEINEKEN

One of the questions we are most often asked when planning new action learning initiatives with customers is “What difference will this make … More

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Action learning enabled emerging leaders from the British Red Cross to face challenges more effectively and with confidence.  Read how our virtual action learning programme was exactly suited to the needs of the Red Cross.... 
Photo: Stephen Ryan / Irish Red Cross.

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