IAF Methods

Agreement: State and Restate

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To state and remind participants of the points of agreement so far in the process

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Goal

To keep focused on reaching agreement and where the group is in that process:

what they agreed to say yes to, no to; and clarify what they have not yet agreed on.

Groups experience difficulties perceiving their progress. This intervention reveals the progress a group is making.

To demonstrate that you as the leader are paying close attention to everything that is going on.

Attachments

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Materials

  • flipchart paper with decisions made so far
  • established guidelines how the group will work together and come to agreements

Instructions

Before

Guidelines established to help the group through the process

Level of Difficulty to Facilitate (to be deleted during review): Facilitation skills required

During

During a meeting/workshop in which you are seeking agreement, state every few minutes exactly where the group is in the whole process of coming to agreement.

1. Every few minutes, restate where they are in the flow toward agreement;

  • What was agreed to say yes to,
  • what was agreed to say no to,
  • what still needs to be agreed on

2. Use visuals as well as voice.

Background

Derived from: Found on Jo Nelson's "Meeting Tools" list

Source: Williams, R. Bruce: More than 50 Ways to Build Team Consensus, Second Edition, Corwin Press, 2007;

see also method "Mapping the Road to Agreement" in Williams's book

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  • This method shortens the process to agreement on difficult topics, as it keeps everything visible to the participants.

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