Governments and other organizations in need of an impartial facilitator for an upcoming meeting can turn to the Vinson Institute for assistance in planning, conducting, and following up to the meeting. Whether the event is a large public hearing or a smaller strategic planning session, the Vinson Institute's skilled facilitators can work with organizations to help ensure that meetings run smoothly and stay on target.
Depending on individual needs, facilitators can help organizations with meeting preparation by building a workable agenda and communicating in advance with key stakeholders to ensure that all voices have an opportunity to be expressed.
During the meetings themselves, facilitators play a key role in managing the proceedings, progressing the group through the agenda in a timely fashion, and helping the group or individuals work through potentially contentious issues. Many groups value the presence of a facilitator for the impartiality he or she brings to the meeting and the ability to encourage a balanced discussion of the agenda topics.
Finally, facilitators can provide groups with reports and notes following a meeting that detail the proceedings, decisions made, and goals defined for future action.