The key to a successful workshop is the ability
of the facilitator to keep the discussion on track, to maintain
the momentum of input and creativity, and to draw relevant information
from participants so the overall context, problem, objectives &
opportunities become fixed in the minds of those involved.
The challenge is to keep the group focused
without stifling ideas. Those invited to the workshop need to be
carefully selected to ensure the contribution is adequate to achieve
the specific objectives of the workshop. When their points are incorporated
into the group thinking & considerations, they leave the workshop
with an enhanced sense of ownership.
The bigger the workshop, the greater the extent
of this proprietorial feeling and the stronger the commitment to
the outcomes of both the study and the long-term project.
The interaction of the participants also helps
to build useful networks which are valuable during the course of
the project or task. Collaboration and understanding are improved
with a subsequent decrease in development problems as the project
or task proceeds.
ACVM facilitators are skilled in achieving