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How can we improve & make facilitating self assessment better next time?

Ø Do it outside the office environment to help people relax.

Ø Use a little ice breaker + do introduction first, hope & concern then dream building.

Ø Tell the objective, explain why self assessment.

Ø Explain the 10 practices briefly (before doing each one) & try to link them with what the organization do.

Ø Doing build the dream first may help out people at ease & help then open up

Ø More time for stimulation & discussion.

Ø Facilitation team should meet first to discuss & plan what to do/who & how to do it, in sufficient details.

Ø Have some information on context & the communities/participants beforehand so that we can do good planning.

Ø Use probing questions & ask for examples/evidences.

Ø Show appreciation to participants from the beginning.

Ø Don’t get stuck on HIV, make the link to other issues that are the community/organization concerns.

Ø Remember it’s not what you want but the organization/community wants that really is important.

Ø It’s important to wrap up; do action planning after the SA participants/people know they can move forward after knowing where they are.

Ø Explain the levels clearly so that everyone understand & ensure participants understand they can be at higher levels only after reaching lower levels.

Ø Can use either the full SA framework or the blank sheet, but consider who the participants are & plan accordingly how best to facilitate.

Ø Don’t rush the process; let it show; allow time

Ø Learn from the experiences; do AAR.

Ø Facilitation team needs to learn to work together.

Ø More practice.

Ø Keep looking for strengths! Do the best in the circumstances.

Ø Include in the planning for the facilitating team.

§ Materials & supplies needed & prepare them beforehand.

§ What questions to use.

§ Make sure team members know their roles/responsibilities who will lead each activity & how team members can support when necessary.

§ Co-ordination.

§ Make sure facilitating team members understand the practices & can look at them in different ways.

§ Plan B.

§ Identify each team member’s strength & divide roles based on strengths.

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Comment by Usa Duongsaa on February 10, 2010 at 5:00am
I take back my request, Ryon! Have just found that Koey already posted 'What makes a good story?' in the Guyana group :-)

Comment by Usa Duongsaa on February 10, 2010 at 4:44am
Many thanks for posting this, Ryon. How about posting 'What makes a good story?' as well?

Comment by Judith DIALUNDUA on February 9, 2010 at 11:52am
Congratulations to the practical advice that you just shared with us. this shows clearly that the approach of Salt adapts to all communities without exception.
The facilitation team DRC'll learn to improve his way of doing and thinking.

Kinshasa / DRC
Comment by Laurence Gilliot on February 9, 2010 at 11:31am
Translation from Toussaint's comment below
Dear Ryon,

Congratulations for this rich result, I encourage you to always continue (or progress) because learning is also about having the time to listen to others et to get inspired by their experiences.
RDC Competence
Comment by MUKALAYI UMBA Toussaint on February 9, 2010 at 10:02am
Chère Ryon,
félicitation pour cet exploit combien si riche, je vous encourages d'aller toujours de l'avant parceque apprendre c'est avoir aussi le temps d'écouter les autres et de s'inspirer de leurs expériences.
Comment by Laurence Gilliot on February 9, 2010 at 9:30am
Dear Ryon,

Thanks a lot for this wonderful list of learning points! You are quick learners in Guyana, I'm so impressed!
For your info, in 2006, about twenty coaches of the Constellation came together in Rwanda and they build a knowledge asset about how to facilitate a self-assessment. Here is the document: Knowledge Asset facilitating SA.doc


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