IAF Methods

Issue Analysis

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A process for understanding a complex situation

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Goal

Participants take a situation that is vague and unstructured, with many component parts, and organize it into manageable pieces.

Attachments

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Materials

  • Flipchart and markers, perhaps post-its so brainstormed ideas can easily be synthesized

Instructions

During

Procedures:

1. State the Issue
In concise terms, state the situation causing the group to act. You may also ask "Why are we having this meeting?" to help identify the "issue".

2. Separate the Issue
Brainstorm ideas about the issues and challenges of the situation. Structure the brainstorm by beginning with "I wish...." or "How to....". This encourages people to be focused and future oriented.

3. Synthesize into Main Themes
Synthesize the brainstormed ideas into themes. A useful theme statement is one that a person who has not been involved in the discussion can understand.

4. Prioritize
Use the criteria:

  • How serious is this? (H-M-L)
  • How urgent is this? (H-M-L)
  • How fast is it growing? (H-M-L)


Prioritize each theme into one of the following:
A1 - Absolutely essential to our ability to address this issue.
A - Urgent
B - Of concern
C - Unimportant

5. Establish Next Steps

Decide on the next step to be taken with each theme. It may be another issue analysis, an action plan or some other process.

Background

Source: Mr. Paul H.J. Cormier

Mr. Paul H.J. Cormier developed the process.

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  • The procedures here are necessarily generic: I think it would take a skilled facilitator to understand specifically how to do each step for a particular situation.

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    over 3 years ago
  • A good logical process.

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    over 3 years ago