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Appreciative Inquiry Webinar: A strengths-based approach to planning and evaluating in communities

Thursday, January 17, 2019   Posted in: Training By: Administrator With tags: webinar, Training, Community development, planning, evaluation

Join Dave Tims and Marree Beaven in this webinar to learn about Appreciatice Inquiry - a planning and evaluation tool that supports community-led development. Suzanne Grant will join them to discusss Critical Appreciative Processes which examine the Appreciative Inquiry (AI) process and the assumptions practitioners may bring in their role as facilitator.

Date: Tuesday 12th February 2019.
Time: 11am to noon NZDT.
Cost: Free but a donation/ koha would be welcomed.

AI seeks to generate positive change within groups and communities. It focuses on the strengths and assets in a community organisation or programme, rather than the problems and deficits.

In this webinar you will learn:

  • The components of the Appreciative Inquiry approach;
  • How AI has been used to inspire community change;
  • How AI assists communities to communicate their vision for their future, both within and outside their community; and
  • An introduction to Critical Appreciative Processes and consideration of the role of the researcher in facilitating an AI process.

Dave Tims has seen AI used to assist his community to grow and change in his work in Randwick Park, Manurewa. The AI approach inspires people to identify things that could be changed, get involved in the work to effect change and also to monitor the changes. Dave says that "If you follow the process, it creates ownership and responsiblity - the people own the mission and become responsible for implementing it."

Maree Beaven is the Programme Manager at Manu Tuktutuku Randwick Park (Sports and Neighbourhood Centre) in South Auckland. Maree has used AI with locals of all ages and found AI to be a powerful tool for transformation. She will share her expereinces of using AI to discover the dreams of her neighbourhood and the projects that have eventuated as a result of the AI process.

Suzanne Grant found that the main benefit of AI rests in the intent and philosophy informing it, rather than a strict application of the entire AI process. She will share her insights about the role of the researcher in the AI process and will discuss ways to facilitate transformation using Critical Appreciative Processes.

Find out more about this webinar from Community Research, including how to register.

Community Research is a not-for-profit organisation and we would love your support! If you are able, please consider choosing a ticket with a donation when you register for this webinar.

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