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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? I answered yes to all, but more importantly I think these two methods helped me the most: Carve out time for reflection after each training and do an after-action review with yourself. Evaluate your content, facilitation, and logistical skills against participant evaluations. Four Corners/Brainstorm Small Group Facilitation.

Basic Facilitation Techniques for Nonprofits

Beth Kanter

As a trainer and now adjunct professor, I’m constantly working on and honing these skills sets: assessment, instructional design, curriculum/materials development, presenting, facilitation, and evaluation. There is a lot of learn and refine in each of these areas. And that’s why I love teaching and training because it is all about the learning for both you and the participants. That’s why I love looking and testing different methods. Facilitation


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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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Facilitating Creative Learning (for Professionals): More Notes on MuseumCamp

Museum 2.0

Last week, I focused on the 2014 theme (social impact assessment) and the many creative evaluation projects produced by campers. I first learned about this technique from Sam Kaner''s excellent book, Facilitator''s Guide to Participatory Decision-Making. Tag Team the Facilitation. To me, this is analogous to the benefits of having multiple staff members engaged with community partners on participatory projects.

Trainer’s Notebook: Using Dot Voting Online

Beth Kanter

When I facilitate meetings or workshops for nonprofits, not matter the topic, I incorporate many participatory approaches and design thinking methods. The technique helps you need to evaluate the ideas. Facilitation Training Design

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.”. To generate group or collective understanding, I facilitated a cluster or affinity analysis of the different themes.

How To Be A Wizard at Tech Training: NTC 2016 Session

Beth Kanter

In a couple of weeks, one of the sessions I’m facilitating at the Nonprofit Technology Conference in San Jose is called “ How To Be A Wizard at Tech Training.” Whether you are facilitating a session with your board, staff, or hundreds of folks in a room, you’ll find ways to design instructional content that interests, engages, and inspires action. Co-Designing and Working with Other Facilitators and Trainers. Facilitation Methods and Techniques.

Social Media, Networking, and African Women’s Leadership Training in Rwanda

Beth Kanter

My sessions were integrated into the various leadership, visioning process for women’s rights, curriculum development, and evaluation methods modules throughout the week as networked and social media skills were not the main focus. This design was a participatory process and was intended to provide an opportunity for deep reflective process. I have read a lot about these methods , but you cannot really under it until you experience it.

Can Stories Be Data?


When the issue of interest moves from measurement for accountability/compliance to #evaluation for learning – from Karcsig. I like to use a combined method. Last week at the Packard Foundation, I participated in a conversation with Peter Laugharn, the Executive Director of Firelight Foundation , about participatory learning agendas. The above shows the methods. By Beth Kanter, Beth's Blog.

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The 2016 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar


Its 45 workshops, seminars and lectures explore internal and external strategies, systems, methods, best practices and successful examples. Join the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and Nonprofits Assistance Fund for this fifth annual day-long conference will offer insights, strategies and tools for staff and board members looking at your organization’s financial sustainability from diverse perspectives – from strategy and oversight to implementation and evaluation.

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 ). Are there methods and tools in the nonprofit and philanthropic sector for using it effectively? I got to facilitate a deep dive with a dozen folks and here are the takeaways from the discussion.