The development and evaluation of a Learning from Incidents toolkit

Anoush Margaryan*, Allison Littlejohn, Dane Lukic

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This paper describes the development and evaluation of a toolkit to support organizations in improving their learning from incidents (LFI) activities. Grounded in adult learning theory, extensive literature review and empirical research within the energy sector, the LFI Toolkit has five key components: a Process Model; a Framework; a Questionnaire; a set of Guidelines and a series of Engagement Exercises. The LFI Toolkit fosters participatory learning enabling broader employee engagement, sensemaking and contextualization. The Toolkit was developed and evaluated through participatory co-design methodology including two large energy companies. The data were drawn from four participatory co-design workshops and a stakeholder engagement review meeting including practitioners from a variety of organizations and roles – shop floor workers, frontline and middle managers, senior leaders, health and safety specialists and representatives of professional bodies. The findings provide insight into the clarity, usability and relevance of the Toolkit and the feasibility of its application across other companies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-70
Number of pages14
JournalPolicy and Practice in Health and Safety
Issue number1
Early online date26 Apr 2018
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • learning from incidents
  • adult learning theory
  • organizational learning
  • participatory research
  • participatory action research
  • adult learning


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