In certain workshop situations we apply the “Shooting Exercise” as a ‘quick and dirty’ analysis procedure. Particularly when time is limited, a group can provide feedback and ideas effectively and efficiently in a very short time.
For the first time in my 20 years facilitating LFA workshops, a client insisted to modify the ‘brainstorming’ procedure and emphasised the use of ‘interviews’ instead to acquire information from individual stakeholders.
Apparently it was considered difficult to get the participants committed to a workshop that would take more than one day….
We, practitioners and trainers of Moderators of participatory multi-stakeholder consultation workshops that apply the Logical Framework Analysis procedures, think that an LFA workshop Moderator is quite unique compared to other facilitators in the sense that they are encouraged to apply the principle of ANONYMITY in their facilitation practices. [Read more…]
At the end of a 3-day training on Results-Based Management for 50 senior staff of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in Tanzania, contracted and organised by the UONGOZI Institute, Institute of African Leadership for Sustainable Development, I was requested to insert an ad-hoc workshop on the reasons and possible solutions for the reasonably poor (60%) performance of the Health Sector.
When being questioned “Why this project”? most people answer, for example: ‘production will raise’ …, or ‘improving the efficiency’…., or ‘raised professionalism’ …., etc., etc..
And if you are creative you may come up with endless of such arguments in a brainstorming session.
All these answers are expectations or opportunities and might indeed materialize in future. Although that ‘day-dreaming’ is considered interesting and energizing by the participants, it does not actually require knowledge on the actual current situation. And you can question whether those ‘arguments’ form a sufficient justification to support the project. On the contrary!