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DEVELOPING EDITABLE, INTUITIVE TRAINING CURRICULA THAT FACILITATORS AND TRAINEES ACTUALLY UNDERSTAND…

Copy editing

Content strategy

Design

  • Working Families Party (WFP) is a progressive, grassroots political third party building a multiracial movement of working people to transform America. A significant part of their work is to provide trainings to diverse individuals in order to support greater grassroots political movement and advance the organization’s goals through activism.
    It is essential that their trainings create high-value engagement, clearly inform and support trainees, inspire action and dedication, and meet the needs of a broad audience.

DEVELOPING EDITABLE, INTUITIVE TRAINING CURRICULA THAT FACILITATORS AND TRAINEES ACTUALLY UNDERSTAND…

Copy editing

Content strategy

Design

  • Working Families Party (WFP) is a progressive, grassroots political third party building a multiracial movement of working people to transform America. A significant part of their work is to provide trainings to diverse individuals in order to support greater grassroots political movement and advance the organization’s goals through activism.
    It is essential that their trainings create high-value engagement, clearly inform and support trainees, inspire action and dedication, and meet the needs of a broad audience.

The problem

When the Working Families Party (WFP) approached Beacon, they knew they wanted to run a variety of training events, but had no framework in place to create the requisite curricula. They also had an extremely high volume of information, but lacked a robust system to organize, transfer, or communicate about it—with each other, to us, or to the end users.

Our solution

Comprehensive training materials…

To ensure that WFP’s training program delivered all the information required with clarity and impact, we set them up with an approach and a tracking plan, as well as a systematized way of structuring and coding the hundreds of pages of material so that attendees would find it approachable and easy to use.

We then distilled 780 pages of content into a beautiful and functional curriculum for the Freedom Corps Bootcamp five-day training program, with all of the assets created using various Google Apps for ease of iteration.

We created one main navigational document for each instructor and participant, where the document guides the user around a series of colour-coded sections.

HOW TO USE

Within the facilitator’s guide and participant’s guide, we included instructions on “How to use this document.”

This document explains in detail all the features of the designed program, including colour-coding by day, iconography, and navigation.

HEADER

The header orients the user to the day, chapter, and training they are viewing. Each day is also colour-coded, and the header uses the feature colour for that day.

BRANDING

Branding the documents enriches the user experience and creates buy-in for WFP.

LINKS

Tested, functioning hyperlinks take the user to other digital materials that they will need to have ready.

ICONS

Icons and sectioned checklists repeat on each module so that users can easily prepare themselves for the module.

NAVIGATION

Footer navigation features enable users to navigate to the previous module, next module, or back to the main agenda.

This sheet worked as a database to organize and track all the content that needed to be created. WFP linked all materials to be designed according to day, module, and type of document, identified by colours and icons, and document, slides, and participant handouts.

Google Sheets proved to be a powerful tool to handle this complex but elegant, intuitive tool.

The content tracker also displayed the workflow for each material throughout the process, and who was responsible for the actionable items (first pass, design, copyediting, and final approval).

Further, the tracker calculated and displayed the percentage of completion of each item, for easy reference for project managers.

The problem

When the Working Families Party (WFP) approached Beacon, they knew they wanted to run a variety of training events, but had no framework in place to create the requisite curricula. They also had an extremely high volume of information, but lacked a robust system to organize, transfer, or communicate about it—with each other, to us, or to the end users.

HOW TO USE

Within the facilitator’s guide and participant’s guide, we included instructions on “How to use this document.”

This document explains in detail all the features of the designed program, including colour-coding by day, iconography, and navigation.

HEADER

The header orients the user to the day, chapter, and training they are viewing. Each day is also colour-coded, and the header uses the feature colour for that day.

BRANDING

Branding the documents enriches the user experience and creates buy-in for WFP.

LINKS

Tested, functioning hyperlinks take the user to other digital materials that they will need to have ready.

ICONS

Icons and sectioned checklists repeat on each module so that users can easily prepare themselves for the module.

NAVIGATION

Footer navigation features enable users to navigate to the previous module, next module, or back to the main agenda.

This sheet worked as a database to organize and track all the content that needed to be created. WFP linked all materials to be designed according to day, module, and type of document, identified by colours and icons, and document, slides, and participant handouts.

Google Sheets proved to be a powerful tool to handle this complex but elegant, intuitive tool.

The content tracker also displayed the workflow for each material throughout the process, and who was responsible for the actionable items (first pass, design, copyediting, and final approval).

Further, the tracker calculated and displayed the percentage of completion of each item, for easy reference for project managers.

WE GIVE EMPOWERMENT A LOUD VOICE.

Some user numbers

Training 2021

4 states

20 graduates

Training 2022

9 states

At least 30 graduates expected

WE GIVE EMPOWERMENT A LOUD VOICE.

Some user numbers

Training 2021

4 states

20 graduates

Training 2022

9 states

At least 30 graduates expected

The payoff

As a result of our work, WFP’s membership has increased, donations have grown, and the organization has gained significantly more recognition and clout. The client can also use the same training materials year after year, meaning this gift keeps on giving.

The Beacon Design Collective took on two complex projects (a series of 8 sign designs and a 240-page book) with very compressed deadlines. They were systematic without jeopardizing creativity and provided top-notch project management and design services. The products are all public-facing and stakeholder feedback to date has been incredibly positive.

—Alexandria Coburn,
National Radical Education Field Manager

The Beacon Design Collective took on two complex projects (a series of 8 sign designs and a 240-page book) with very compressed deadlines. They were systematic without jeopardizing creativity and provided top-notch project management and design services. The products are all public-facing and stakeholder feedback to date has been incredibly positive.

—Steve Hughes,
Senior Strategist for Political Education & International Engagement

Before we had the facilitation guide, trying to make quick edits to the curriculum (or even finding the curriculum) would take so much time and effort. Now, preparing for the next fellowship is simple and streamlined, and everything looks beautiful! It’s a lot of weight off my shoulders.

—Ember Ollom,
National Fellowships Manager

The payoff

As a result of our work, WFP’s membership has increased, donations have grown, and the organization has gained significantly more recognition and clout. The client can also use the same training materials year after year, meaning this gift keeps on giving.

The Beacon Design Collective took on two complex projects (a series of 8 sign designs and a 240-page book) with very compressed deadlines. They were systematic without jeopardizing creativity and provided top-notch project management and design services. The products are all public-facing and stakeholder feedback to date has been incredibly positive.

—Alexandria Coburn,
National Radical Education Field Manager

The Beacon Design Collective took on two complex projects (a series of 8 sign designs and a 240-page book) with very compressed deadlines. They were systematic without jeopardizing creativity and provided top-notch project management and design services. The products are all public-facing and stakeholder feedback to date has been incredibly positive.

—Steve Hughes,
Senior Strategist for Political Education & International Engagement

Before we had the facilitation guide, trying to make quick edits to the curriculum (or even finding the curriculum) would take so much time and effort. Now, preparing for the next fellowship is simple and streamlined, and everything looks beautiful! It’s a lot of weight off my shoulders.

—Ember Ollom,
National Fellowships Manager

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Credits

We Design Solutions

Art Direction & Project Management

Dani Vachon

Design

Jaz Rodriguez (lead)
Samuel Sum
Teresa Cantú
Annie Chen

Illustration

Carlie Russelle
Linny Malin

Copy Editing

Matt Turner (lead)
Laurel Borrowman

Credits

We Design Solutions

Art Direction & Project Management

Dani Vachon

Design

Jaz Rodriguez (lead)
Samuel Sum
Teresa Cantú
Annie Chen

Illustration

Carlie Russelle
Linny Malin

Copy Editing

Matt Turner (lead)
Laurel Borrowman

Credits

We Design Solutions

Art Direction & Project Management

Dani Vachon

Design

Jaz Rodriguez (lead)
Samuel Sum
Teresa Cantú
Annie Chen

Illustration

Carlie Russelle
Linny Malin

Copy Editing

Matt Turner (lead)
Laurel Borrowman