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 +Workshops
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 +Some of the most useful work in creating organisations like development
 +trusts is done in small groups with as facilitator - not in committee
 +meetings. Workshops are appropriate,​ for example, to brainstorm and
 +prioritise project ideas, and to work through basic values and
 +principles for a trust.
 +
 +Workshops in the start up process
 +---------------------------------
 +
 +During the start up process you might consider:
 +
 +-   Early workshops with different interest groups - local residents,
 +    businesses, public bodies - around a simple SWOT format. That is
 +    'What are the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats for
 +    our area?'
 +-   ​Brainstorming project ideas to meet the threats, build on the
 +    strengths and seize the opportunities. 'What projects might we do if
 +    there were a new body with the skills and resources to make things
 +    happen?'​
 +-   ​Prioritise these ideas. Write project descriptions on cards -
 +    perhaps with some rough costs and other requirements - and ask
 +    people in small groups to put them in order of priority.
 +
 +If in each instance these workshops are run with a particular interest
 +group it is possible to see the different pictures of the future
 +emerging - and where these visions do or do not overlap. The workshops
 +will both provide valuable material for a vision and draft business
 +plan, and also identify people who may become committed members of a
 +steering group. When the different interest groups do come together,
 +perhaps in a seminar, they will all have some common framework for
 +discussion, even if they disagree on priorities.
 +
 +Running workshops
 +-----------------
 +
 +Charles Ritchie of the Community Operation Research Unit provides these
 +general guidelines for running workshop sessions.
 +
 +1.  Outline, explain and get agreement on what is going to happen in the
 +    session
 +2.  Stick to agreed timetable - keep an eye on the clock
 +3.  If you intend to use flipcharts or hand out material, check on
 +    literacy. Working in pairs or small groups can help to overcome
 +    these problems.
 +4.  Check for colour blindness
 +5.  Have space to display flipcharts
 +6.  Have space to let groups work separately
 +7.  Have a flip chart stand or flat walls to allow flipcharts to be
 +    written on
 +8.  Always have a range of coloured pens, blu-tack, post-its, flipchart
 +    paper, coloured stickers/​stars
 +9.  Post-its can be very useful to allow ideas to be moved around or
 +    clustered on a flipchart/​wall ... or even to be thrown away
 +10. Write clearly - check everyone can see/read
 +11. Encourage others to write on the flipcharts - but don't force them
 +12. Talk loud enough - check everyone can hear
 +13. Encourage work in small group (3-5), even if there is a lot of
 +    talking and input in the whole group sessions
 +14. Listen to what people are saying - in groups and in plenary
 +15. Check out understanding before writing on flipcharts
 +16. Be happy to make mistakes and admit them
 +17. Don't establish yourself as the expert
 +18. Ask naive questions
 +
 +Look out for the possibilities for short role plays (using objects) to
 +explore statements or situations © David Wilcox
 +<​david@partnerships.org.uk>​. Tel +44 (0)1273 677377. Fax: +44 (0)1273
 +677379. These information sheets may be freely distributed with this
 +attribution,​ but not republished as a whole. [Partnerships
 +Online](../​index) : [The Guide to Development Trusts and
 +Partnerships](../​pguide/​index):​ [other sheets](../​pguide/​sheets)
 +
  
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