IAF Methods

Key Questions for Recommendations

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Many conferences or workshops are held for very short durations - one or two days - but key stakeholders often have very high ambitions about the desired results from the workshop
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Goal

Usually a quick way to reach a decision on the most important issues as perceived by stakeholders when the workshop is running late.

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Instructions

Before

Setting: none

Number of participants: 26-50

Time needed: 6 min

Pre-Work Required: none

Type of Facilitator-Client Relationship: This requires a fairly frank relationship

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

During

1. The first day of many workshops often focus on vision - goals - "where we want to go" and contradicitons - obstacles - challenges, etc. Clients then want concrete practical courses of action to be determined on the second day.

2. Sit with the key stakeholders of the workshop on the evening at the end of the first day and have them discuss and decide the key questions which must be answered for the workshop to be considered a success.

3. Use these the next day

4. Small groups are formed (usually 3 or 4 depending on the size of the workshop).

5. Each group is given selected questions with instructions to formulate recommendations each question.

6. The recommendations are reported in plenary and then discussed for clarity, etc. until consensus is reached.

After

Usual or Expected Outcomes: A prioritized set of issues to be worked on in the workshop

Background

History of Development: Terry Bergdall shared this at a Share a Method Session at a IAF conference.

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