How To Evaluate "Facilitator Capability"

Facilitator capability evaluation can be prepared by “self assessment” and by local communities. Both are highly recommended although in practice is very difficult to do so. Even an experienced project consultants are often confused when asked how to begin the evaluation process.

One effort is to obtain a process within the society itself. Of course with communication techniques based on what is presented or seen, felt and smelled at that time. In the evaluation it is usually disclosed the impacts of facilitation by facilitators who came to the village. Say, what appears in the village from the beginning of facilitation. Then, what impact in the emergence process.

For the latter, we often call it the “turning point” of facilitation. Perhaps also, first, local people will say “Before facilitator coming we slept”. Where and when they wake up?. So the “turning point” is the first, from sleep to awake.

Second, perhaps in the village there are some issues such as flooding, savings and credit activities etc, and it cannot be solved by the community but need policy of local government, the “turning point” is how the stakeholders to find out the solution. For facilitators who have a record of the agenda and time line facilitation would be very easy to detect at which point, there is interaction and joint action.

For facilitators who actually carry out its duties and functions, may be very easy if you use input or the input of society by looking at the “turning point” activities that arise. Although in fact, there is also a good case but just a nice coincidence, or “good luck”.

The simplest thing is to try to review the evaluation process by building a few factual questions or real. No need of complex or hard to see what inputs and their impact but ask people who tell stories. This technique is once again depending on who the interviewer, if they can understand or not?

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