IAF Methods

Session Context

by for . Last edit was over 3 years ago
5 - 30 any
The openings of most workshops have some form of context.
DRAFT Pending Declined
Submit for approval

Additional info


To explain the purpose, process and content of the workshop.


You will be able to upload attachments once after you create the method.


  • Generally
  • none but it can be much more if the context is complex.



Setting: This depends on the context. It can be as simple as a short talk to as complex as a day of films, slides, etc.

Number of participants: Any size--even up to 1000's of people

Types of participants: any

Time needed: 5 to 30 min or more

Pre-Work Required: This should be prepared as a presentation.

Level of Difficulty to Facilitate (to be deleted during review): No specific skills required


Generally, the context covers at least some of the following:
1. Social beginning
...a. Introductions / Greetings
......1) This is different when the group is new and don't know each other.
......2) An existing group needs to make connections also but in a different way.
...b. Rituals are more important than we often realize.
......1) Handshakes
......2) Saying "Good morning or its equivalent.
......3) Many meetings begin with the facilitator asking the group what their expectations for the meeting are.

2. The Agenda: Topic(s)
...a. Topic(s)
...b. Sequence
...c. The amount of time dedicated to each topic (at this time it is good to indicate what will happen if time is running short.
...d. Goal(s) for each topic.

3. Purpose
...a. Assignment giver's (client's) purpose
...b. Group's purpose
......1) Clarification
......2) Identification with the issue
......3) Hopes and Fears
...c. Multi-stakeholder purposes
...d. Types of purposes
......1) Deliverable (What is the concrete product of the session?)
......2) Goals (Rational Objective)
......3) Existential Aim

4. Process (How the session will be facilitated.)
...a. Agenda/Steps
...b. Sequence
...c. Timing
...d. Who is responsible for what

5. Ground Rules (There are different approaches to setting ground rules)
...a. No stated ground rules
...b. Group creates ground rules
...c. Facilitator creates ground rules


Follow-Up Required: None

Usual or Expected Outcomes: Participants understand the why they are participating in the workshop.

Potential pitfalls: If the context is confusing or not assuring then the rest of the process can be problematic.


Comments (0) (  avg / 0 ratings)

Please Log in or Register for FREE SessionLab account to be able to comment or rate.