Training Courses and Workshops

L. Melanie Chase as co- or lead facilitator/trainer in partnership with trusted colleagues, Change Solutions provides a suite of training courses and workshops:

ToP Facilitation Methods (TFM), 2 days

This is a hands-on demonstration and practice course for participants who want to learn how to facilitate the three collaborative methods that are the foundation of the Technology of Participation: focused conversation, the consensus workshop method, and action planning.

ToP Strategic Planning (TSP), 2 days

Participants learn how to facilitate a participatory, consensus-based approach to strategic planning for establishing a solid foundation for organizational/workgroup/committee/ coalition success. The course weaves ToP methods into an integrated approach that builds on group learning, participation, and consensus. The end product goes beyond process with a plan that is realistic, achievable, supported, and easy to manage through to implementation and results. (Prerequisite: TFM)

Facilitation for Innovation – Inspiring Group Creativity, 1 day

Facilitating group creativity and innovative action has always been a challenge, perhaps never more so than when a group is tasked to “think out of the box” on the spot and come up with new solutions to a problem or situation. This is a highly interactive course that utilizes creative tools to explore and practice group innovation. Participants learn methods that can be immediately applied to foster creative teamwork.
Making Meetings Work: Group Process Facilitation Essentials, 1 day (also available as 1.5 hr. webinar or introductory workshop and 2 day with more practice time)

This course is for anyone who leads groups in meetings, and wants to maximize group decision making, collective contributions and results. With a mix of experiential activities and practice, foundational skills for meeting management, group management, and versatile planned and on-the-fly facilitation methods enable participants to facilitate with greater confidence, and be poised and ready for typical surprises in large group meeting work.

Facilitation and Engagement Methods for Group Meetings,  1 day / 8 hours (also available as 1.5 hr. webinar or introductory workshop)

This course is an introduction to the range of group facilitation methods used for really engaging groups across different core purposes why people meet, for addressing relationship and other complexities together, and for facilitating decision making together.  Covering a range of methods for connecting, discussing and exploring, evaluating options, prioritizing, and visioning/creating the future together.

Facilitating Change Management,  1 day / 8 hours (and 3 day / 24 hours; also available as 1.5 hr. webinar or introductory workshop)

This course is designed to build capacity in facilitating specific group facilitation tools for strengthening change management across the stages of change and respective needs for communication, coaching, training, leadership and more.  Building on extensive research and practice, proven principles of change readiness are incorporated through an experiential learning process of demonstration and facilitation practice.

Facilitating Logic Models: Aligning Focus for Realizing Results, 1 day / 8 hours (also available as 1.5 hr. webinar or introductory workshop)

This course is designed for engaging stakeholders in facilitating program focus for demonstrating results with evaluation logic models. The course introduces the logic model framework and two proven large group process methods. The logic model framework clarifies the audience for the evaluation, short, intermediate and long-range outcomes. The facilitation methods have been used worldwide, and are based on learning styles and the cycle of human learning to mobilize consensus, understanding and action.

Demonstrating Results: Introduction to Program/Outcome Evaluation, 1 day / 8 hours (also available as 1.5 hr. webinar or introductory workshop)

This intermediate course is designed to introduce participants to a framework for planning evaluation and demonstrating results to different audiences/stakeholder groups.  The framework clarifies the audience for the evaluation, short, intermediate and long-range outcomes, the data collection and analyses plan, and how to manage the evaluation over time.  Participants are also introduced to various types of performance measures in connection with a SMART planning model.

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