Before planning for the future, groups need to understand their history and the current dilemmas they face, as well as anticipate shifts and trends in their larger environment.
Environmental Scanning provides a way to quickly understand customer, staff or community perceptions and needs, delve into relevant data, and get groups on the same page to launch their work, but one size doesn’t fit all!
In this one day course, participants will explore 10 dynamic and creative ways to conduct group assessments, and then engage in hands-on practice to select the right approach for various situations. You’ll go back to this extensive “recipe book” of techniques again and again!
ToP Facilitation Methods (TFM)
An Early Bird Discount of $25 is applied if the course is paid in
full three weeks prior to course date.
"This course gives you tools in a day that can help you kick-start, plan, re-energize , and celebrate the milestones of the planning process and sets a compass for where you need to go. You don't have to be a super planner to appreciate what is learned in this course."
Lora K. Daniels, Office Manger
Office of Planning and Development, California Department of Pesticide Regulation
"Amazing opportunity to learn how to utilize past information or raw data to build buy-in and energize complex conversations. Loved the practical application and the ease of use of each of the new tools."
-Kayla Schnuelle, Senior Consultant
"This was the best class!! I loved learning the 10 approaches to environmental scanning and will be using them right away in my job"
- Portland AES Participant
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