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I want to share an experience on creating a new framework and would like your input on my main question: when is a framework most effective?
Creating a Self Assessment Framework in Surinam
We're applying the CLCP to WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) in 16 villages in Surinam. During the first week of the project we transfered the process to 30 trainers and facilitators. During this week we also created the WASH Self Assessment Framework. This is the first time CLCP is applied to WASH so we had no reference Framework. We felt this to be a benefit as we needed to create from scratch and the group took total ownership. Jean Louis shared with us at a later time that he had done the same thing recently - starting from scratch - even with a HIV/Aids Framework. In his positive experiences it worked very well to then share a framework that was created by another community. The group used it to build on their own framework and they could for instance add practices they didn't think of before. This way the framework would get more profound.
Reflections on the created framework
Here is the framework that we created: WASH%20Self%20Assessment%20Framework.docx. You'll notice that the practices are worded more like "things" than as verbs or behaviors. During our 2nd fieldvisit 3 months later we noticed that the practices created by the community-facilitators were named simply Water, Toilets, Waste and Hygiene. This worked well for the first priorities of the villages: building/fixing their water system, toilets and waste disposal holes.A village either has these things or it doesn't. So in effect there are only 2 levels really: 1 and 5. The descriptions of the practices didn't invite deeper discussions on continued access to clean water for all nor a discussion on waste management including selecting what to burn, bury or organise for transport. We did spend time talking about this as we asked them questions about it, but it wasn't reflected as such in the framework.
Here I need your comments. We already had some reflections on the effectiveness of a Self Assessment Framework:
"If it allows them to take action towards their dream then it is a 'good' self assessment."
"I believe a short sentence or phrase with an active verb in is a better definition of a practice than a single word"
"It's useful as long as they own it themselves"
My take on it is that we as facilitators could push a little more when talking about the dream and what we need to do in order to live that dream (see next paragraph). While we're well underway in this project the Surinam the villages can still develop their own framework in the future and incorparate the parts of their dream they didn't think of first into their Self Assessment Framework and do a new self assessment. And then continue the cycle.
Tips for creating a framework
In the attached document some valuable remarks are made about creating the framework. Questions that help obtaining useful practices are: What do we need to do to arrive at the dream? What is stopping us from reaching the dream at the moment? What can we do to remove these barriers? How%20to%20create%20a%20Self%20Assessment%20framework.docx
If you have any thoughts on this or good experience I'd love to hear it. Also if your experience is to start with an existing Framework and you notice the community will take ownership. How does that work? Learning about this enables my and our application of CLCP to WASH and other life issues.
All the best,