Giving it a go
How might reflective practice be of benefit to you?
To your work?
To your organisation?
You may have come up with various reasons:
- to take stock; why and how you are doing it and whether you are achieving your aims
- as a one way of evaluating your role – what you bring and the difference you make
- to help identify gaps in knowledge, skills and confidence
- to better plan future activities
Framework for reflective practice
The left hand side is about the context you were working in and what you bring. To some extent, these determine – or at least set parameters for – what you can do
Examples of context might include: Funding Targets; organisational culture
Examples of what you bring might include: X years experience of working with a particular disadvantaged group; knowledge of the community; relationships/links
The central (blue) part is about you: about what you did, how you did and the roles you had. It is very literal
Examples of what you did might include: A mapping exercise; a meeting; door to door ; youth event; workshop
How you did it: In partnership with a local organisation; using the community empowerment dimensions to plan; strategically targeted people for the workshop
Roles: Consultant; facilitator; observer
The right hand side is about after the fact – what happened, what needs to happen next and the help you need to do it
Examples of what happened as a result of your work are: 60 people engaged with the process; the residents association now has a youth sub-group; people know what is going on
Examples of what you learned are: Take it slowly; get youth workers involved – and the school; there are lots of ways to do mapping
Examples of what you need to do differently: Spend some time with a local group to work out how to do the mapping; find out who is already working in the area and make contact at the start; have some shorter term outcomes
Examples of help needed are: Some learning about mapping – different approaches and how to use the results to maximum effect; contacts partners agencies working in the area; better planning
You can download a template of this framework HERE and try it yourself