Hub manager, Americas
I was on a partnership visit at the beginning of the writer’s week, so I arrived late. However, this gave me the opportunity to skim through the 100+ pages everyone else had written. We know so much; each of us. And exponentially as much as a team!
I was in charge of writing about how to facilitate sessions for data use, something known as situational or war rooms. It’s a borrowed term for the CIA/FBI briefings we generally see in movies where key stakeholders come together and brief the decision maker, generally the president or prime minister, about a certain issue. That’s very simplistic, but it gets the concept across. I’ve found them useful in facilitating the process of decision making, and they are key to the act phase of the data journey methodology.
When I’ve facilitated these sessions in the past, I’ve known who the participants are, how they approach decision making, the types of questions they ask, their attention span, and the amount of time they can, or are willing to, dedicate to diving into data insights. This knowledge leads to various types of session designs. This writing week exercise pushed me to think about what a generic session would look like, and how Akvo team members can use this guide as a starting point for their own facilitation sessions.