Clarifying the aim of a session and putting it into question form to be answered during the session.
Number of participants: 26-50
Ask yourself and the sponsor several questions to discern the core question:
- What is the topic? What are the key concerns surrounding this topic?
- What has brought the group to this point? Real history
- What product or results or kinds of responses do they want to get out of this exercise?
- How will they use the results?
- How do the people relate to the topic and to each other as they are dealing with that topic?
- How knowledgeable are the participants? Do they have the resources and information they need?
- What are the human, personal results that are needed? i.e.. Motivated to implement a project?
Look at all that, even a quick intuitive look, and create a central focus question.
To me, it is helpful if you can articulate a central question and a series of secondary questions that enable people to examine the central question from a number of perspectives. Then you can work on how to engage the group and how to process the results in a way that is related to a grounded view of the group, its situation and its needs.
Source: Wayne Nelson
Derived from: This was found in group facilitation listserve GRP-FACL
History of Development: The Institute of Cultural Affairs has been using this approach since the 1970's. Wayne Nelson was an Associate of ICA Associates, Inc. Canada.
Alternative names: Focus Question Workshop