Facilitation of participatory workshops and other processes
CIDT offers facilitation of workshops and other types of participatory analysis or planning processes that either:
- culminate in a ‘real’ product (i.e., national education curriculum, institutional results framework, global strategy, corporate communications strategy, organisational strategic plan, stakeholder engagement strategy, programme or project LogFrame, grant proposal, SWOT analysis, etc.); or
- bring groups together for decision-making, planning, advocacy, experience-sharing, organisational learning, project/programme lesson-learning, etc.
An example of facilitation and experience sharing
Examples of our work in this area
- Participatory workshops and analysis exercises. For example, Stakeholder Analysis with AGRA (Kenya), Strategic Planning with Practical Action (UK), Production of a Curriculum Implementation Guide with Ministry of Education (Zambia).
- Professional forums, seminars, conferences and panel discussions. For example our Forest Governance Forums.
- Lesson learning workshops. For example, United Nations Volunteers evaluation; CDKN-funded Lesson Learning work with 5 African countries).
- High-level meetings or strategic planning sessions. For example, FAO/OIE Global Animal Health Strategy; Primary and Secondary Curriculum/Assessment Revision in Jamaica; Development of sector strategic plans in Rwanda.
- Field trips, study visits and counterpart work. For example, MATT-2, Experience-Sharing Workshop for civil society platforms in Francophone West Africa; Chatham House visit by participants of the 6-week Improving Forest Governance course in the UK).
Our approach to facilitation
Our work in this area involves:
- taking into account the client/participant needs and interests when developing a programme and detailed agenda, to ensure that objectives/outputs will be attained;
- applying our expertise in adult learning pedagogy to design and deliver sessions/exercises that will fully engage participants of diverse backgrounds and learning styles;
- managing potentially challenging group dynamics while ensuring that sessions are on track in terms of time and objectives; and
- playing an important role as an unbiased mediator who brings together different groups to share, reflect upon, learn about, and/or make decisions about key information.