Looking Back/Looking Ahead
This session gives participants a chance to look at what they have learned and where they are going from here. Participants are now equipped with knowledge of NFE techniques as well as some of the skills necessary to begin to practice NFE in their communities. At this point it will be important for participants to review what they have learned, to re-think their idea of what NFE is all about based on their experience in the workshop, and to plan how they might continue their knowledge and skills development to practice NFE more effectively. In addition, they will have a chance to carry out the evaluation of the workshop that they designed in Session 9, to interpret the results and relay them to the trainer. Finally, a participant-planned reception with HCNs who have helped with the program should bring the workshop to a congenial and satisfying end.
Objectives of Session
· To review and re-think what NFE means based on the experience in the workshop.
· For participants to plan ways to continue developing their NFE skills at their sites.
· To carry out the evaluation of the NFE Workshop.
· Flip chart paper
Next Steps - One per participant
· Interests/Skills Self-Evaluation - One per participant
1. Read through the session with your co-trainers and decide together on the options that you want to use.
2. Assemble all materials.
3. Check to see that participants are prepared to evaluate the workshop as they planned in
4. Give participant committee the support they need to plan the reception for HCNs.
Activity 1: Participatory Review of Workshop
Activity Time 10 minutes
Purpose To recall what was learned over the course of the workshop.
Step - by - Step
1. Ask participants to reflect back over the NFE workshop and recall what happened each day; what worked, what didn't, where they learned the most, etc. Remind the group of the initial goals (referring to the posted Workshop Goals from Session 1) and the session titles. Ask the group what stood out most in their mind from each session.
Activity 2: What does NFE Mean to You?
Activity Time 20 minutes
Purpose To re-think the question, "What is NFE?" based on the experience gained in the workshop.
Step - by - Step
1. Remind participants that in Session 1 they looked at a definition of NFE and discussed how some Peace Corps activities might fit into it. However, since NFE is practiced differently by different individuals and is an evolving field, each person's idea of it may be a little different. Since NFE (in Peace Corps' view) is based on reflection, analysis and learning from experience, it is expected that each participant will now have a somewhat different idea of what NFE is than when the NFE Workshop began.
2. Ask the group to think of some words, phrases and images coming from their experience in the Workshop that capture what NFE means to them now. List on flip chart paper.
As you list them, encourage others in the group to add their ideas by asking, "Do you agree with this way of putting it?" "Would you say it another way?" "Is there anything you would like to add?.
You might ask participants to answer the question by each writing down a word, phrase or one-sentence definition of NFE on a slip of paper. Collect the slips and read them aloud. Write them on flip chart paper and have participants add other ideas as they think of them.
Another way of processing this activity is to ask participants to categorize the responses as you read them aloud. For example, responses like "openness" and "everyone's opinions are heard" might fall under a heading called "Communication, while "practice," "games." and "small group discussion" might be called "Active Learning. " Post each participant's response (attach to wall with masking tape) under the category headings the group decides are appropriate. As you read each response aloud, ask the participant who suggested it to clarify or expand it if necessary so the group can decide under which heading it should go. Summarize the group's idea of NFE by reading the headings. This way of processing may add another 20 minutes to the activity.
Activity 3: Where Do We Go From Here?
Activity Time 60 minutes
Purpose For participants to plan how to continue developing their NFE skills at their sites.
Step - by - Step
1. Tell participants that in this activity, they will consider how to prepare themselves to carry out their assignments in their communities, both by gathering information and by additional skills development.
2. Suggest that participants think about the information they would like to know about their communities at the end of three months in order to carry out their assignments more effectivdy. They can do this as a large group by thinking of categories of information and ways of gathering it, e NOTE: Both PST and IST groups can benefit from this activity. While IST groups may already know a good deal about their communities, their experience in the workshop should make them aware of many things they need to know more about.
3. Ask the group to brainstorm broad categories of infonnation that they might find useful.
(Examples: how local people work together in groups; gender differences in participation and work distribution; identification of local leaders; identification of NFE Organizations active in the area; etc.) Write responses on flip chart paper, e NOTE: Since most of the pictures are of women, you may want to ask participants to consider, as they are generating their categories, how men's experience and activities might be different.
4. Now ask the group to brainstorm different ways they might gather this information.
(Examples: Observation checklist, personal journal, "cultural guide" in the community, interviews, informal time with local people, etc.) They can do this either as a large group or in small groups as in the option, above.
NOTE: At this time, just generating a list of techniques is enough. Participants will decide individually which techniques to use to gather the information in the next part of the activity.
5. Hand out the form Next Steps to each participant. Suggest that each participant choose from the lists generated in 3 and 4, above, to fill in their form. Let them know this form is for their personal use, not to be handed in or commented on at all by the trainer.
Suggest that they choose five things they would like to learn about their communities and to break down those things into at least three components. (Example: If someone decides to learn about how groups behave in the local context, s/he might list the following: How Groups Behave: 1) where groups congregate 2) how decisions are made in the group 3) gender differences in group behavior, etc.)
For each of the components, participants should choose one or more techniques that they might use to gather this information. Encourage participants to add things not on thc two lists, above. Suggest that participants save the second sheet to fill in later; as they begin to gather information new needs may occur to them.
6. Let participants know they will have about 15 minutes to work on their form. If they like, they can choose a partner to share information with and ask for feedback on the choices they have made.
7. Keep time (15 minutes).
8. After participants have filled out their forms, let them know that the second part of the activity will involve a private self-evaluation of the NFE skills they have learned in this workshop. Say that you will hand out a form similar to the Interests/Skills Inventory that they filled out at the beginning of the workshop. Participants should fill out the form individually, noting their level of comfort with each of the techniques they learned.
For those areas in which they still feel unprepared, they might note how they could practice them or learn more about them, if they are applicable to their work.
9. Pass out an Interests/Skills Self-Evaluation to each participant and ask the group to take about 10 minutes to fill them out.
BREAK 15 minutes
Activity 4: Evaluation of Workshop
Activity Time 20 minutes (or as planned by participants)
Purpose For participants to carry out the NFE Workshop Evaluation they designed in Session 9.
Let the group know they can now carry out the evaluation of the workshop they designed in Session 9. (They will probably want you and your co-trainers to leave the training room.)
Activity 5: Interpretation and Feedback to Trainer
Activity Time 30 minutes
Purpose For participants to interpret the information they gathered and explain the results to the trainer.
Let participants take this time to collect and process their data by themselves. If they choose, they may report it to you now, or wait until after the session is finished.
Activity 6: Reception with HCNs
Activity Time 30 minutes (flexible)
Purpose To express appreciation for the support and participation of HCNs in the NFE Workshop.
You may want to help the participant committee to set up the food, music, etc. for a brief reception. When everyone arrives, you might say a few words of thanks and mention ways that HCNs have been important in the success of the workshop.
Activity 7: Closing (Optional)
Activity Time 15 minutes
Purpose To bring formal closure to the workshop.
Step - by - Step
1. Explain that you (or a participant) will lead the group in a closing activity.
2. Say a few words about the things that you found particularly important in the workshop, for example, the collaborative spirit of participants, the flexibility of the group in trying new things, the willingness of participants to express their opinions, etc.
3. Explain that you will post three flip charts on the wall and that participants should write their comments and impressions on them. Post three flip charts, one saying "I SAW." the second saying "I FELT." and the third saying "I LEARNED. Give participants markers and encourage them to write and read each other's comments and impressions of the workshop while saying informal goodbyes.
Ask participants to sit around a table or on the floor, if appropriate. Make sure everyone has a sheet of paper and something to write with. Explain that each participant will write their name on the top of the sheet and place it on the table or floor in front of them. Everyone then gets up and walks around informally, each writing a positive, encouraging comment on everyone else's sheet about something they noticed about their participation in the workshop (Example: "I really liked your humorous comments, especially when we were all so tired. "Your cheerfulness made me feel great. "I really admired the way you came and participated every day, even though you were sick," etc.) Each participant then has a sheet of sincere compliments to take with them to their site, to boost their spirits when times get tough.
This self-evaluation is for you alone. It will help you determine the NFE skill areas you feel comfortable in right now and those you think you'll need to work on at your site. Please indicate your level of comfort using each skill or activity (on a scale from 1-5, 1 being very comfortable, 5 being very uncomfortable).
For each area that you feel you need to know more about to practice NFE effectively in your community, write yourself some suggestions about how you could learn more about it or get the practice you need. (Examples: form support group with other Volunteers to share ideas and practice; look through training Library for more written materials; identify someone in the community to learn from; etc.)
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