Results Based Facilitation (RBF) is a competency-based approach to participating in and facilitating meetings that get results. The six RBF competencies move groups from talk to action by focusing on meeting results and by developing an accountability framework for commitments to aligned action. RBF provides results within programs, as well as for organizations and communities. RBF skills ensure that participants, conveners, and facilitators work together, entering a meeting with results in mind and leaving with action commitments in hand. ImpactTulsa offers workshops to support partners with learning and applying RBF skills to equip them with tools to move teams from talk to action.
To better understand the impact of the workshops, we talked with Jordan Sheffield-Mix, content manager for Early Childhood Education at Tulsa Public Schools, to learn how she and her team went on to apply Results Based Facilitation within their own work. We are sharing her feedback with the rest of the community because it brings value to those who have already participated in RBF and those who are considering signing up for future workshops.
Q: What stands out about the RBF training that you think would be valuable to other education and nonprofit partners?
A: Workshop content and structure. Oftentimes, we are asked to lead meetings to move projects and initiatives forward but have not received training or college coursework that focuses on facilitation, so having this training available is helpful because it supports you in having a more intentional meeting design that truly generates results and action steps.
In my role, I am often the person giving feedback and coaching others (live), so it was really helpful to have that kind of support for myself through this training.
Q: Now that you’ve had time to integrate Results Based Facilitation into your work, what tools have been most meaningful to you?
A: Recently, I used Proposal Based Decision-Making and it helped bring equity of voice into the space, which was especially important to me because it was a meeting where new team members were joining alongside current staff members.
Q: How has RBF made a difference for your team?
A: I believe the training resonated most with our team members who facilitate meetings. I saw them implement RBF strategies into meetings immediately. I even used feedback from the enactment to reshape a meeting that I held. However, even for team members who are usually participants in meetings, I’ve seen a difference in how our team interacts. I think we all have a shared understanding of the different roles in meetings and the purpose of tools- and that makes a difference.