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IIFAC’s Approach to Facilitation
The opportunity costs of bringing a group together are enormous. IIFAC’s professional facilitators help justify the investment by creating events that
- Have clearly defined objectives
- Are structured to produce the expected outputs and outcomes
- Use a variety of techniques to involve participants in meaningful
- Have a realistic agenda that can be completed in the time allotted
- Have clear and agreed upon decision-making processes
- Bridge social and cultural differences among the participants
You tell us WHAT you want to discuss. We suggest HOW to structure the conversation to achieve the results you hope for.
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Having organized meetings and conferences all over the world, we know that the following four-step process will allow us to jointly craft an event that will meet -or exceed- your expectations.
Step 1 – Preliminary Assessment, Contracting and Definition of Objectives
We talk to you -and usually others involved in the event planning- to get to know each other and determine whether our skills meet your needs. If we agree to work together, we jointly draft a contract and preliminary budget, which may be refined as we continue to deepen our understanding of the context in which your upcoming meeting or conference will take place. We study background information and often conduct additional interviews. Based on this data, we work with you to define objectives and expected results. This provides a firm footing on which to design the rest of the program.
Step 2 – Collaborative Development of Program
We work with you to develop a detailed program, including roles, timing, use of physical space, and appropriate tools and techniques needed to achieve your objectives.
Step 3 – On-site Facilitation
We arrive at the site a day before the event to make sure that the preparations are in order. Then we facilitate the program, consulting with you during the course of the event to discuss unexpected developments and make last-minute adjustments. We coordinate with other members of the support team, such as translators, minute-takers, audio-visual personnel and others to make sure that these elements go smoothly.
Step 4 – Final Facilitation Report
We create a final facilitation report that includes a complete record of the planning process, any materials we created for your event, the meeting/conference final program, a summary of the results, including participant evaluations, and our feedback on what went well and what could be improved in future events from the facilitation perspective.
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Group facilitation is a process in which a person whose selection is acceptable to all the members of the group, who is substantively neutral, and who has no substantive decision–making authority diagnoses and intervenes to help a group improve how it identifies and solves problems and makes decisions, to increase the group’s effectiveness.
One definition we like comes from Roger Schwarz´s book , “The Skilled Facilitator.”
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IIFAC director, Beatrice Briggs, is a member of the International Association of Facilitators and currently serves as the regional representative for Latin America and the Caribbean on the IAF Board of Directors. We support the mission, vision, values and code of ethics of this distinguished professional association.