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Changing Minds
A Guide to Facilitated Participatory Planning
Cole P. Dodge & Gavin Bennett
Academic Foundation / IDRC 2011

Paperback Book (6" x 9")  :   Pages : 192

2011  Edition   :   ISBN - 978-81-7188-860-3

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ABOUT THE BOOK :

THIS book draws on the work of thinkers and doers throughout the world who have grappled with the challenge of planning complex institutions, especially health systems and development projects. Their problem: Conventional planning methods often do not work. The solution: Involve all the key stakeholders in making the plan. The challenge: Devise a planning system that the principals and stakeholders can trust, and that is inclusive, balanced and dynamic.

Facilitated participatory planning (or FPP) is a new way of planning for a world that is complex, competitive, and fast-changing; a world where managers, staff and other stakeholders must have their say and own the ideas for any plan to work. This book charts the evolution of FPP from pioneer concepts of awareness, empowerment, learning-by-doing, visualisation, creative group processes, and incremental questions into a complete and up-to-date system of principles and techniques. It carries case studies that show how FPP has been used successfully where other planning methods have failed.


About the AUTHORS:

Changing Minds is authored by former Regional Director of UNICEF and FPP pioneer Cole P. Dodge, and award-winning Strategic Communication Specialist Gavin Bennett, with inputs from many other experts in health, planning, and communication from all corners of the world.

CONTENTS IN DETAIL :

Foreword

Authors’ Note

Preface

Acknowledgements

Section A
Introduction

1. Planning methods .

The need to change

Evolution or revolution?

The way to change

The big difference

The “own-do” gap

What doesn’t work

This book

Design and objective

2. Overview: What is FPP?

Definition

Process

Empowerment

Facilitation

Further training

What is it for?

Who is it for?

3. Compelling evidence.

Transformation at Makerere University in Uganda

Context

Enter FPP

Outcomes

Strengthening health research capacity in Kenya

Context

Enter FPP

Outcomes

Bridging the know-do gap in East Africa

Context

Enter FPP

Outcomes

Innovating public health training in Bangladesh

Context

Enter FPP

Outcomes

And more...

Context

Enter FPP

Outcomes

Section B
The principles

4. The foundations

Concept 1: Awareness and empowerment

The all-stakeholders principle

Concept 2: Learning by doing

Discovering answers

Concept 3: Visualisation

The mental/physical bridge

Concept 4: Creative group processes

Building effective teams

5. Picking the people

Task Force selection

A political minefield

Selection criteria

Some key principles

Variables

Tailoring the Task Force

FPP by professional peers

The cutting-edge option

Informing the Task Force

Six key inputs

6. All about questions

Incremental questions

The only way

Building teamwork

Progressive transformation

Questions drive that process

Centrality of the question

Mastering destinies

Reading the picture

Giving life to thought

Types of questions

An open and shut case

Qualities of a good question

The aim sets the design

7. Do’s and don’ts

The group

The sessions

The process

The rationale

Jargon busting

Knowledge sharing versus teaching

Leadership versus pecking order

Advantages

Challenges

Section C
Techniques

8. Tuning the talk

Forming

Storming

Norming

Performing

9. Games and exercises

Generic elements

Most-effective exercises

Introduction and ice breaking

Communication

Concentration

Group dynamics

Problem solving

Perception

Decision-making strategies

Assessment exercises

Teamwork

Take-offs and landings

Nutcrackers

10. Seeing what you have said

Visualisation

The card system

Steps

Notes

Emerging technology

Zing

MindManager

11. Walking the talk

Group dynamics

Plenary

Working groups

Presentations

Expert witnesses

Filling the gaps

A deeper look

Bridging differences

Commissioned studies

Literature review

Surveys

Mapping

Comparator visits

Best practices

Centres of excellence

Field visits

Broader perspective

Sounding board

Test driving the plan

12. Other tools

Leadership

The practices of leading and managing

The Challenge model

Productive conversations

The Value Web

Pattern language

Section D
In practice

13. Physical set-ups

The working space

14. Know thy group

Working with professionals

People profiles

Key factors

Rapport

Strategy

Preparation

Optimism

Reflexes

Respect

Neutrality

Control

15. Planning a programme

The main steps

The project

The people

Process preparation

Session preparation

Timings

The product

Fund-raising strategy

Implementation strategy

Start to finish

16. Phases of the session

Introductions

Positive attitudes

Hardcore information

Final focus

17. Charting the process

Introductions

Substantive sessions

Preparation

Content delivery

Attitude

Approaches

Communication skills

Template for a retreat

Materials

Parallel operations

Evaluation

Report preparation

Meeting reports

The Plan

Section E
Delving deeper

18. Frequently asked questions

19. The makings of a facilitator

Proficiency level

Special aptitudes

Training

The foundations

The training process

Course content

Outline

Five-day template

Preliminaries

Process

References/selective bibliography

       
       
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