Exercise 1: Storytelling
The Storytelling exercise contributes to both the planning and the evaluation of a community composting project. It is designed to bring together stakeholders (including potential beneficiaries) for a discussion to illustrate what success looks like, and thereby identify its objectives (clarifying its mission and values), its desired outcomes, the potential barriers to success and how best to overcome them.
Who to invite: Up to about 12 participants drawn from a selection of stakeholders who might be affected by or are able to affect the work of the project.
What to say to them: Invite them saying that this is the preparation stage for a formal project planning and evaluation process. The point of the session is for them to identify the ‘hoped-for’ outcomes of the project that are most important to them as stakeholders, with a view in subsequent exercises to developing the ways of knowing (indicators) that will provide a better understanding of the project’s impact.
Role of facilitator: To welcome participants, guide them through the steps, keep them to time and record findings on a flipchart using participants’ own words.
Materials needed: Chairs arranged in pairs or threes, flipchart stand, paper and marker pens, Post-it notes.
When to use the exercise: Ideally at the start of a project, or new project cycle, or as part of a strategic review process. The exercise could be repeated with different groups over a period of time to include a wider range of stakeholders’ perspectives, and generate interest and buy-in from potential partners.
Which tools work together: Can be used on its own or in the same session and as a warm–up in preparation for developing a project Storyboard. (Exercise 2)
Step by Step (Allow between 45 to 60 minutes depending on size of group)
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This website was developed as one of the deliverables for the Defra funded Open University research project, WR0211: Unlocking the Potential of Community Composting. Information contained in it is correct at the time of publication. © The Open University, January 2009
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