IAF Methods

Race for the truth

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20 - 30 11 - 25
This method is used to start workshops.
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This method serves the purpose of quickly introducing all participants to each other and the topic of the workshop, while putting them in a position they are not used to.


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  • Two long strings for the start and finish line
  • List of statements related to the group.
  • Additionally a camera to record the process could be used.



Setting: Needed are two long strings for the start and finish line as well as the list of statements related to the group. Additionally a camera to record the process could be used.

Number of participants: 11-25,  recommended for around 15 participants.

Types of participants: Any type of participant can be involved in this process.

Time needed: about 20 to 30 minutes

Ideal conditions: The room in which the workshop takes place has to be big enough to get all participants lined up next to each other and able to move forward 15 times

Pre-Work Required: The facilitator needs to think about  (and write down) 15 statements.

Type of Facilitator-Client Relationship: There needs to be a certain level of trust between the facilitator and the participants.

Facilitator personality fit: This is an easy method that can be used by anyone.


1. The facilitator needs to write down about 15 statements that relate to the group.

1. The participants have to line up next to each other at the starting line.
2. The facilitator reads out a statement and the participants stay put if the statement is false for them, if it is true they can move one step forward.
3. The facilitator makes another statement. If it is false the participant either stays put, if he/she is still on the starting line, or then, if advanced already moves one step back. If the statement is true the participant moves one step forward.
4. These steps are repeated until the first participant arrives at the finish line.

  • Both the facilitator and the participants are allowed to ask for examples from the proceeding participants in order to back up their statement.
  • While asking it is also possible to ask the participant to introduce him-/herself.

Follow up
1. A winner can be assigned, or lessons learned can be documented.


Follow-Up Required: There is no follow-up required.

Usual or Expected Outcomes: Outcome is the understanding of key issues as well as a personal introduction to each other.

Potential pitfalls: A problem might occur when the participants are not willing to take part in the process or are not prepared to answer personal questions.

How success is evaluated: The process is successful when a winner is declared, but more importantly when everybody has had some fun and gotten to know the other ones better.

Examples of successes and failures: Success: Capitalisation workshop at CREPA in Burkina Faso, April 2007 [Ewen Le Borgne & Jaap Pels].


Source: Business Training Works

Alternative names: A to-the-point ice-breaker

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  • Nice for groups that relax with a physical exercise.

    about 3 years ago