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 tool was designed in collaboration with the Association of Facilitators to help answer that question, adapting and building on a 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’.
This Miro tool takes a group through a self evaluation exercise, focusing on the following areas of competence – these should not be seen as a blueprint, but rather as a series of prompts to initiate thinking:
- Shared participation
- Contracting and ethics
- Epistemic justice
- Personal development
- Group dynamics
This tool is designed for group use in an online workshop. The questionnaire version may be more suitable for individual use and face-to-face settings.
Note that the tool assesses capabilities for reflexivity, rather than for TIP more broadly. See Component 4 for other capabilities identified by TIPC members as important for TIP.
Our thanks to Sandra Boni at INGENIO (CSIC-UPV), and Paloma Bernal-Hernandez, Bipashyee Ghosh and Ed Steinmueller at SPRU, University of Sussex Business School, for their input to this tool and feedback on concepts and versions. We are also grateful to Michael Bernstein at AIT/Arizona State University for review and extensive feedback.
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 with TIP practitioners in mind. AoF is a membership organisation that provides supervision, training and accreditation, with an emphasis on experiential learning, reflective practice and peer assessment.
Shaw, V., Watts, B., Zinkstock, E. (2022) FACETS equaliser for reflexive practice. Available at https://tipresourcelab.net/resource/tool-facets-equaliser-for-reflexive-practice/
Important: Duplicating the tool
This resource is a Master version of the tool. To use it, you will need to duplicate it to your own Miro account.
How to duplicate the Board
- First, make sure you have your own Miro account. Researchers may be able to access a free educational plan for staff at educational institutions
- Click on the ‘download’ link to access the Lab master board
- Then click on the title
- Click ‘duplicate’ – this will open another board with ‘Copy’ in the title
- Rename the tool and save the URL
You will need to complete this process for each board. If you are using a tool with multiple groups, you can either: (a) create a different board for each group or (b) copy the tool multiple times on the same board. We recommend (b) to avoid confusion over board links.
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Reflections on TIPC use
The tool 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
The group mode of this tool will be most effective in settings where people know and trust one another and feel safe to express vulnerabilities and challenges.