Ketso: a hands-on kit for creative engagement

by | Feb 3, 2022

A ‘workshop in a bag’ for engaging with the public, wider stakeholders and research participants, Ketso is a hands-on kit for creative engagement.

It offers a structured way to run a workshop through reusable coloured shapes that are used to capture everyone’s ideas. Ketso comes with a growing range of workshop methodologies and accessible guidance on effective and enjoyable engagement.

Ketso is in use in over 60 universities worldwide for:

  • engaging with the public
  • research development
  • participatory data gathering
  • teaching and learning
  • forward planning
  • skills development.

Ketso has been used for data gathering and research development with the wider public in contexts including:

  • migration and immigration
  • sustainability skills in the workplace
  • enterprise cultures across Europe
  • street tree management
  • water management
  • public sector service delivery
  • health
  • business and biodiversity.

With Ketso, everyone has a voice. The researcher is able to gather data from a wide range of people for analysis. Ketso makes effective use of people’s time and a wide range of ideas can be gathered quickly. Data from different workshops can be collated and analysed.

“Ketso made our workshop accessible to all participants, allowing us to capture ideas from a broad spectrum of ages and backgrounds.”
Dr Carolyn Downs, Lecturer, University of Salford

Ketso is a spin-off company founded by Dr Tippett in 2009 from her ESRC-funded research. It is a company with a social mission – to transform the way we communicate, collaborate and learn worldwide.

Top tips

  • Use the pieces of the toolkit to help you plan your workshop (each part of a Ketso is designed to support an important element of effective engagement).
  • Make sure that everyone has a way to make an input during a workshop (for example, everyone has a pen).
  • Introduce the aims and process of the workshop clearly to participants.

Find out more on the Ketso website.