Training activities and agenda outline


 Total time required 4 – 4,5  hours 

A.    Introduction – 20 minutes
Introduction to session agenda, objectives and expectations along with the presentation of the session assumptions related to the systemic dimension shaping the effectiveness of actions and strategies using as background material the information included in the concluding Chapter of the IMPACT Report 2013. The facilitator should place a particular emphasis on the systemic dimension influencing and identifying the opportunity to carry out effective actions and strategies. The facilitator here should integrate some practical example to clarify what this ‘systemic dimension’ means in practice and could be operationally used

B.    Discussion – 30 minutes
The facilitator opens the discussion on the aspects presented. Once the comments and  reactions of the participants have been gathered, the facilitator makes some additional practical examples on how this approach could be used to understand better the context of action in its complexity. Through an operational oriented approach, the facilitator uses examples identified in the IMPACT Report 2013 and based on his/her own knowledge.

C.    Brainstorming  – 30 minutes
Always referring to the case story selected during Session 1, the facilitator invites the participants to identify 4 elements facilitating or hindering the intervention dedicated to our specific child. The facilitator notes the participants’ responses on the flip chart, and reiterates that the purpose of the session will be to identify which strategies we use in relation to our specific context. On the basis of the answers provided, the facilitator underlines how the systemic dimension requires the interaction with the other actors characterising that specific system.

D.    Small group activity  –  60/90 minutes
The group of participants is then divided in small groups of 5 persons to perform a role play. Each group, building on the elements identified during the previous brainstorming, is responsible for the elaboration of a specific plan of intervention. Therefore each group should explain which strategies they use in relation to our specific context. The facilitator underlines that the systemic dimension requires the interaction with the other actors characterising that specific system. Each group is tasked to provide an answer to the following question: Which kind of proactive approach should I develop towards the other actors of that social context in order to support the fulfilment of the rights that our child child is entitled to?

E.    Partnership learning moment -30 minutes
Each team is asked to present to the plenary the outcomes of their discussion. Following all the presentations, the facilitator notes on a flip chart the ideas raised and leads a group discussion asking the participants to comment on the ideas presented by the different groups. In order to ensure that critique is offered in a constructive way, it must be closely monitored by the facilitator to ensure that the comments are targeted to the analysis of the  of the suggestions by the whole group of participants and that these do not slip into negative criticism. The facilitator notes down the answers provided and with the support of the participants try to also classify them on the basis of the sector and the range of action. Once the participants have offered their comments, the facilitator can ask the group if they have any further comments and what are the key lessons learnt from the role play that can be applied to real-life situations.

F.    Lessons application – 30 minutes
Once all the groups have presented the outcomes of their work and all the flip charts have been reviewed, the facilitator and the participants work together to identify: (1) key lessons that could be extracted from this experience; (2) considerations to be kept in mind when operating to setting up strategies, interventions, services; (3) what steps could be taken to increase more effective use of this approach.

G.    Closing 10 minutes
The facilitator reviews the list of the insights developed in the course of the session as main outcomes and briefly presents once more the IMPACT methodological assumptions related to the centrality of the human beings by using a PPT with the following list:

  • The environmental consideration of factors which are not directly determined within each single intervention should be considered the basis for the conception and implementation of any strategy
  • Every action to protect individuals should also symmetrically address the causes that are determining the problem she/he is encountering
  • A ‘resilient’ protection system has to consider the paramount interests of each individual

The facilitator should thank the participants and  time should be allowed for any final questions or observations.


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