IAF Methods

Quick Reviews in 10 minutes

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This process is used at the end of a group activity (or in between) in order to review the content or atmosphere in a quick and easy way in just ten minutes.
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This process is used when there is not much time left, but a review is nevertheless wanted or needed.


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

Time needed: The time needed is only ten minutes.

Prework: Choose one of the following options to accomplish your objective, and do the preparation that it requires.


Within ten minutes the facilitator gets an idea of how the participants think, without taking to much time from the actual activity.

1. Rounds and orbits
Taking turns, each participant is asked to complete a sentence that has been started by either the facilitator or another member of the group. The sentences should deal with positive statements e.g. appreciations or looking forwards.
Helpful beginnings of sentences might be:

What I found difficult, easy, interesting, satisfying ... (expression)
I felt ... when you ... (feedback)
What I learned ... What I'm beginning to learn is ... (learning)
If only ... Next time ... (planning)
I'd like to thank, apologise to, congratulate ... (closing)

In order to assure that everybody is listening to one another, instead of anxiously thinking about what to say when it is their turn, the facilitator should allow the participants to think about what they want to say, before the actual sharing start. The could also make notes, be allowed to pass, or repeat what has been said.

2. Memory game (Story telling)
In this game the participants will talk through what has happened in the past activity in detail. One person will start to tell the story, and when he or she gives up, because he/she can't remember how the activity went on, another person will continue. The other participants can also challenge the current story teller, and continue him- or herself. This process goes on, until the story (the activity) is explicitly told from beginning to the end.

3. Instant action replay (in the style of...)
In this exercise the participants are asked to replay the completed activity in a certain style. Either the facilitator or the participants choose a style in which they will present a certain scene or the whole activity. This could for example be in the mould of a news report, the Tellytubbies, Shakespearean, a documentary, a cartoon, or soap opera and so forth.

4. Positions (silent statements)
After the facilitator has read out a certain statement each participant places him- or herself on a curved line, indicating their individual position. After everyone stands on a certain point the group can discuss the issue with their neighbors, then as a whole group. If people would like to reconsider, they are welcome to move to another point of the line. This process can be ended by checking whether anyone has changed his or her position.

5. Checking goals & effort (bullseye)
For this exercise the participants build a circle, in which they stand just out of touching distance to each other. In the centre the facilitator places an object that represents a certain priority e.g. team work. Then he or she asks the participants how much effort they each made towards achieving that priority. If a participants thinks he/she has done nothing to achieve this priority, he or she stays put. If the person thinks he/she has made an effort of 100% he/she stands in the middle of the circle. Of course it is also possible to stand somewhere in between. The group can also discuss whether a certain person should stand closer to the circle. If time allows, this process can be repeated with other priorities, or statements about the activity done.


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

Usual or Expected Outcomes: The outcome is an overview of people's mood, energy level, experiences, wishes etc..

Potential pitfalls: A problem could occur when the process takes longer than the concise estimated time. This could disturb the schedule.

How success is evaluated: the process is successful when the facilitator knows how the participants feel, and then uses it to plan the next steps, or workshops (e.g. an immediate break).


Source: Roger Greenaway

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  • Nice variety of tools for evaluating a session.

    about 3 years ago