Phases of a moderation

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A clear structure for the different phases of your moderation helps to guide a process in a targeted way.

0. Preparation

Depending on the group you work with different means of moderation might be needed. Also the speed of a discussion might differ from group to group. Be aware of it and prepare the moderation according to your group An example: A multilingual group might need translation, so the speed must be slower so that everyone can properly participate.

1. Start

In the beginning the moderator establishes the relation to the audience/the group. This influences the atmosphere of work.

  • Introduction of yourself and of the participants.
  • Clear introduction into the topic and the main goals of the unit
  • Explanations about the working method and the material
  • Gaining Clarity about the goals from the perspective of the audience/your participants

2. Collecting topics

The topics for the unit will be collected and ordered. There are different methods for supportimg you in this phase: Moderation of Decisions

3. Choosing Topics

now there will a choice take place, what will be part of the unit and what aspects have less priority. This leads to your concrete agenda.

4. Working with the topic

After that the concrete work on the topics according to your methodological concept takes place: Moderated discussion, group work, text work, ...

5. Outcome

The moderator paraphrases the outcome in dialogue with the participants. Sometimes a to-do-list or action plan emerges.

6. End

Finally there is place for reflection and evaluation (See as well: Targeted feedback. Take into contribution, that long presentations at the end lead often to disinterest of participants. Therefore - keep it short and simple, and watch the time if participants show each other their findings.

7. Documentation

The last duty of a moderator is to save the findings for documentation (photography, protocol, ...)