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The field of evaluation is evolving. While strong technical expertise remains essential to effective practice, the growing application of participatory, empowerment, and developmental evaluation methods necessitates inclusion of strong group facilitation skills in the evaluator’s toolbox.
This half-day workshop seeks to equip participants with concepts and skills that can support their capacity to effectively facilitate groups of diverse stakeholders including program and project designers, funders, staff, and clients. The workshop will include orientation to general issues to consider when serving in the role of facilitator and approaching group dynamics. Focus will be given to protocols for using dialogue as a methodology, complimented by other techniques, to encourage authentic communication and group learning among diverse stakeholders.
Demonstrations and role playing exercises will provide participants with an opportunity to witness and immediately practice techniques and core skills. Specific topics to be addressed include:
Participants will be provided with access to any presented materials including a resource list outlining avenues for further facilitation training.
David Hall earned a Ph.D. in Systems Science: Psychology and an M.S. in Organizational Psychology, and currently works as an Adjunct Professor at Portland State University and as a facilitator and organizational consultant. As a Systems Psychologist, his interests and background span broadly across levels of analysis and disciplines, with particular interest in systems thinking, group and organizational dynamics, ecopsychology, indigenous ways of knowing, dialogue and other facilitation methodologies. Integrating these interests, David has largely invested his advocacy and professional work towards addressing sustainability, with emphasis on the human dimensions. Whether in the classroom or working with organizations, facilitation to support collaborative group learning and decision-making is at the heart of his work. He enjoys helping people tap into their true nature as a social species while experiencing his own.