What are your expectations? Were they met?

April 3, 2013

The larger roads in northern India have lane markings. They appear to be indicative, as is the direction of traffic. Cars and motor bikes jostle with rickshaws, trucks (so many trucks!), buses, bicycles, camels, donkeys, cows and dogs. And people. Crossing a road, on foot or in any vehicle is a case of trusting the […]

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Developmental evaluation – some thoughts and links to facilitation

November 1, 2010

If you look at the top of my blog you’ll see this. Maybe one day I’ll write a post about why I call my business Beyond the Edge (in case you haven’t worked it out already.) And I do write a lot about facilitation. What’s with the evaluation though? Here’s the back story. I had […]

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Shaking up the way we do conferences

June 1, 2010

The brief seemed fairly straightforward: design and facilitate a conference on evaluation of behaviour change. Oh, and make it different, groundbreaking even…unlike all the other conferences around. And could we also explore complexity? And could it be self-catered, by students? Could it be the sort of conference people talk about it the future? Not so […]

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What makes a successful conference?

March 18, 2010

Regular readers will known that I’m involved in a national conference on evaluation of behaviour change called Show Me The Change. I’m excited about this conference for many reasons, but evaluation and behaviour change are not high up there. What? I’ve been known to dabble in evaluation. I’ve even been known to dabble in behaviour […]

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What is liminality and what has it to do with behaviour change?

January 25, 2010

Good question. I first heard about liminal space from Patti Digh and David Robinson of The Circle Project. Among other things, they work with corporate America to surface and tackle racism. Now if there’s one difficult subject for behaviour change, then racism has to be up there. They describe the work they do as “helping […]

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Blog Survey

April 24, 2009

I’d be really grateful for some feedback as I plan the next phase of my blogging. Click Here to take survey Thanks!

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New Year links

January 3, 2009

Lake Superior University Banished Words List 2009  Web tools for qualitative data analysis from Michael Wesch at Kansas State University 2008 The Year in Review from the folk at JibJab Wise words indeed from Doug Les Posen on 2009 being the year when presenting well comes of age. I hope he’s right! A short video that […]

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What do facilitators need to know?

November 23, 2008

How does facilitating vary from other meeting roles – such as chairing, mediating, moderating and emceeing? While there may be some elements of these other roles in facilitation, the main difference is one of intention. Facilitators need to be clear about their intention – why they are facilitating at all and who for, why they […]

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Sharing evaluation data

November 19, 2008

Regular readers will know that I attended this year’s Applied Improv Network (AIN) conference in Chicago in October. Using SurveyMonkey we asked participants to respond to a feedback survey so as we could continue to improve on previous conferences. After all, that’s why you get feedback, isn’t it? Today I spent the morning analysing the […]

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Evaluating Facilitation

July 11, 2008

I was listening to comedian Rod Quantock on the radio today talking about reviews. He said he never reads reviews because if he reads the good ones, then he’d have to read the bad ones too – and they can hurt. Got me thinking about a couple of things: the similarity between reviews and evaluation, and […]

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