Reflexivity has emerged as a key capability for strengthening trust, participatory engagement and a learning mindset in TIP experiments. So how might we as practitioners and action researchers measure and develop our own reflexivity? This questionnaire was designed in collaboration with the Association of Facilitators to help answer that question, adapting and building on an established competency framework called FACETS®. The original framework has been shaped by insights from TIPC experiments to help TIP practitioners bring awareness to their reflexivity through a self-assessment of their own ‘practice’, ‘theory’ and ‘awareness’.
The questionnaire focuses on the following nine areas of competence – these should not be seen as a blueprint, but rather as a series of prompts to initiate thinking:
- Accountability and ethics
- Epistemic justice
- Personal development
- Group dynamics
This questionnaire is designed for individual use or group use in face-to-face settings. The Miro tool version may be more suitable for use with groups online.
Note that the questionnaire assesses capabilities for reflexivity, rather than for TIP more broadly. See Component 4 for other capabilities identified by TIPC members as important for TIP.
Special thanks to Brian Watts, Bella Mehta and Katie Thomas at the Association of Facilitators (AoF) for sharing the FACETS® framework, and for collaborating on the adaptation of the model based on TIP practice and experience in experiments. AoF is a membership organisation that provides supervision, training and accreditation, with an emphasis on experiential learning, reflective practice and peer assessment.
Thanks to Naz Costante for design and visual identity, and to Sandra Boni at INGENIO (CSIC-UPV); Paloma Bernal-Hernandez, Bipashyee Ghosh and Ed Steinmueller at SPRU; and Michael Bernstein at AIT Austrian Institute of Technology/Arizona State University for their input to this tool and feedback on concepts and versions.
Shaw, V., Watts, B. (2023) Questionnaire: FACETS equaliser for reflexive practice. Available at https://tipresourcelab.net/resource/questionnaire-facets-equaliser-for-reflexive-practice/
How to use this tool
The tool can be printed out and filled in by hand or completed online using a pdf editor.
It is designed for individual use. For an interactive online version to use in groups, visit https://tipresourcelab.net/resource/tool-facets-equaliser-for-reflexive-practice/
It can be used by participants at any point in a TIP experimental process. While it has not been designed as an evaluation tool, its use could be embedded into a monitoring, evaluation and learning plan to:
- help surface the roles practitioners play in a system, and the motivations and perspectives driving the theory of change;
- monitor how levels of reflexivity are shifting through an intervention; or
- support the personal learning and development of practitioners through their own continued dialogue with the competencies