Ten Questions to Assess Readiness of the Group for Action
1. Has the group been given authority and independence to prepare a final recommendation?
2. Is it clear where and how the group gets its influence to act and recommend?
3. Are there resources that have already been dedicated to the final product, including funds, in-kind support, and staffing?
4. Are there one or more members who can serve as a champion and who have community visibility, authority, and credibility to advocate for and advance the final results?
5. Are members ready to commit to attending meetings and completing homework?
6. Are members clear about and inspired by what will happen to their recommendations and who will receive them once they are complete?
7. Is there a sense of urgency to act?
8. Is there diversity among participants’ viewpoints, level of experience, type of organization, race, and ethnicity that will contribute to a full understanding of the issue?
9. Is there sufficient volunteer or staff time assigned to help with logistics, data analysis, and advancing work between meetings?
10. Is there sufficient time allocated for completion of a thorough planning and deliberation process that will lead to collective action?
SOURCE: Bridging RVA, Facilitation for Community Change, Saphira M. Baker, Author; Jason W. Smith, Contributing
Editor, (Richmond, VA: Virginia Commonwealth University, 2014.)
- John Sherman, Past Chairman, The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia
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