PQA Basics Training Reflection

PQA Basics


Family League of Baltimore City


October 19, 2012


11:00AM - 5:00PM


There were many strengths of the training. First, I though the date and time of the training was optimal and did not present a barrier to participation. The location was appropriate and had the advanced audio visual equipment that projected the presentation in all corners of the training room. The room was set up to accommodate interactive participation with ample open space for large group activities. I used Google Docs to set up a preregistration page. Preregistration allowed for us to know who was attending in addition to what they thought their knowledge level was related to the PQA. I also knew by the pre-registration how many people were visual learners and logical/mathematical learners and their dietary preferences.


I was prepared for 34 participants however close to 50 participant attended. While we were pleased with the turnout it also presented a challenge. It was hard to keep everyone engaged during interactive activities as the size allowed for some participants to “check out” a bit. The fact that I was the only facilitator did not allow for me to respond to individual needs of the participants. A co-facilitator would have been optimal in this circumstance.


I did modify the agenda. I had to make some choices as to what to leave out particularly at the end of the agenda. I ended the session at around 4:00 PM an hour earlier than the scheduled end time. I did hit all the central ideas and offered ample time for practice. The participants really appreciated us being flexible with the end time. I felt that keeping them there until 5pm on a Friday would not have yielded better results. I did make myself available to participants for consultation from 4pm - 5. Some participants engaged with me one-on-one during that time.


I was struck by how receptive folks were to this training. Even folks that went through Basics in the past stated that there experience in this training open their eyes to the process and deepened their understanding in ways that they have not experienced previously.



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