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Trainer’s Notebook: Just A Few Participatory Facilitation Techniques

Beth Kanter

Recently, a colleague asked me a wonderful question: How did you learn to become a good facilitator and trainer? Evaluate your content, facilitation, and logistical skills against participant evaluations. If time is available, also do a plus/delta exercise with participants as a close out to the session. Measure, evaluate, reflect, and improve. Conferences are a great opportunity to take workshops and observe the facilitator’s techniques.

How grant makers and nonprofit grant recipients can do great things together with data and evaluation

Deborah Elizabeth Finn

It took Tech Networks of Networks almost two years to organize and implement a series of candid dialogues about data and evaluation for grantors and nonprofit grantees, and now it’s complete. Talking about and planning the evaluation process well before the grant begins.

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Using Design Thinking for A Foundation’s Investment Strategy

Beth Kanter

I was thrilled to work with the Brainerd Foundation staff to help design and facilitate a design lab using techniques based on Luma Institute methods earlier this month. Here’s what I learned about the facilitating design thinking processes: What Is A Design Lab? In some ways, a design lab can be thought of as “participatory research and testing.”. Understanding: Landscape and Opportunity Analysis.

Can Stories Be Data?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Real time analysis is not useful because it is drive by analysis. When the issue of interest moves from measurement for accountability/compliance to #evaluation for learning from Karcsig. Using unstructured qualitative data alone is pretty stupid unless you bring intelligence analysis, link to a quantitative analysis and link it back to decisions. Flickr Photo by Caramel - Creatives Common Licensed.

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2020: The Year that Changed Grantmaking

Connection Cafe

Grants management software (GMS) is the lifeblood of most foundations — providing tools for collecting, reviewing, and choosing grant proposals, and the data to evaluate their impact. 2020 will be remembered as the year that changed grantmaking.

Trainer’s Notebook: The Importance of Hands-On Learning

Beth Kanter

Going beyond content delivery, I also use a lot of participatory and hands-on learning techniques to help students gain a deeper understanding. They have to do a network map and analysis as well as strategy for a development organization in their area of student. I always create a lesson plan, a more detailed agenda, that includes topics, bullet points, timings, processes, and materials, even if I am the only one facilitating the class.

The Mobilisation Journal: A Way To Spread Learning About Social Change Movements Innovative Use of Technology

Beth Kanter

I’ve been following it for a while now and it is very inspiring on many different levels. The laboratory gives Greenpeace and its partners a space to design, test, iterative, and roll out new strategies and techniques for participatory campaigns or what has been called “People Powered.” Assessments and Review :: evaluating past performance to inform future mobilisation efforts.

Is “Ambient Data” from Social Media Channels Useful for Funders?

Beth Kanter

The convening used participatory methods to identify topics for small group conversations related to the theme and was expertly facilitated by Allen Gunn from Aspiration. ( I wrote a reflection last week about the facilitation techniques here ). I got to facilitate a deep dive with a dozen folks and here are the takeaways from the discussion. We brainstormed a few: Real-Time evaluation of communications strategy for a nonprofit or foundation.