As part of our mission to spread the concept of facilitation and participation around the world, we have provided a bank of resources for facilitators and group leaders to help support your facilitation practice. Please feel free to use and download these resources, as well as share them with others.
1. ToP Course materials
These resources are linked to our public courses, so you may find it beneficial to attend these trainings to understand in depth how to use the resources below.
2. Other ToP Resources
These resources are also linked to our public courses, however you may still find these useful even if you have not attended our training.
Martin Gilbraith’s Blog – https://martingilbraith.com/blog
ToP Method case studies from ICA Canada – www.ica-associates.ca/case-studies
North West Facilitators Blog – www.facilitatorsnorthwest.com/blog
North Star Facilitators Blog – www.northstarfacilitators.com/blog
RP Facilitates Blog – https://rpfacilitates.com/blog
3. ICA:UK and IAF England and Wales ToP Methods Hub
ICA-UK has partnered with the International Association of Facilitators England and Wales to bring people from all our courses together into community of trainers, facilitators and participants. If you’ve ever attended a ToP ICA course and want to network and speak to others about the methods and offer and receive facilitation advice join the free ToP Methods Slack Channel. Please note you must have attended a ToP Course to access this resource.
If this direct link does not work, visit the IAF England and Wales webpage, and scroll down to the “February 2020” update and follow the links from there.
Step 2. Once registered, on the left hand side of your slack dashboard, click ‘add channel’ and search ‘iaf-ew-top-facilitation’ to join us
4. Other Facilitation Resources
In addition to ICA’s own ToP methodology, there are many other effective group facilitation methods available, often developed with a specific intention in mind and for certain group sizes. There is an increasing number of websites with open access which support you to decide what methods might be best placed to fulfill the particular needs of the session and the group. Examples include:
Seeds for Change – https://www.seedsforchange.org.uk/tools.pdf
NHS Facilitator Toolkit – https://www.england.nhs.uk/improvement-hub/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2017/11/Facilitator-Toolkit.pdf
Benjy Stanton – https://www.benjystanton.co.uk/blog/design-workshops/
Game Storming – https://gamestorming.com/
5. ICA:UK's YouTube Channel
Over the past year ICA-UK has been working to set up a brand new channel on YouTube. We recently recorded a number of videos on topics at the heart of facilitation as well as a series of tips and tricks for StickyWall owners. We are planning to keep working on our channel to bring you lots more tips, tricks and topics on facilitation. If there is anything you would like to see let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org
(Please note this is a new series so some recordings have not yet taken place)
NOW UPLOADED - Taking Your Event Online, Reflective Practice, Conductors of People
Alongside our courses we also run an online focused conversation series. We invite anyone to sign up to connect and explore different facilitation topics and experience the use of the ToP Focused Conversation method online. Below are recordings some of our sessions. If you would like to come along to a session, please go to our Focused Conversation page.
StickyWall Tips and Tricks
Our popular StickyWalls are light, portable and a great visual tool for facilitators, group leaders and trainers. Here are some helpful pointers for using your StickyWall – and if you don’t have yours yet, you can buy yours here.