Create Group Reflection

Team members and partners meet as a group at this stage to share personal reflections, with individuals reading or summarizing his or her thoughts. The group works together to identify themes that stand out as important and create an overall team reflection that captures everyone's shared learning. Here are the details:

  • Sharing individual reflections. Each person orally shares his or her reflections and explains why the particular topic or issue was chosen. If the group is large (greater than eight to 10 people), it may be helpful to conduct this portion of the meeting using a small-group format.
  • Contemplating others’ reflections. After each reflection has been shared, individuals take a few minutes to consider what was read. Team members are asked to think about how each reflection addresses the following questions and then they record short phrases or words on the Reflection Sharing Tool.

The three questions for reflection are:

  1. What did we learn?
  2. How did we learn it?
  3. How do we feel about what we learned?

After all of the individual reflections are shared, phrases or words are written on sticky notes and posted on flip-chart sheets that are displayed for everyone.

Creating the team reflection: Group members develop a team reflection based on responses to the three reflective questions. The meeting facilitator creates an Affinity Diagram using the information recorded on the sticky notes. The group then organizes the ideas into themes that form the basis of the team reflection. The group has the opportunity to modify and add to the ideas as members work together to develop the themes and create the overall team reflection.

Sustainability and scalability conversation: Once the Affinity Diagram exercise is complete, the group discusses the results of the questionnaire. The facilitator or an assigned recorder summarizes the group’s input to answer the following questions:

  • What do the questionnaire findings mean?
  • How do these results help us determine our next steps to sustain the PTR solutions and extend them to other programs?