Participatory methods: Tree of expectations

Why should I try it?

To give participants space to share their expectations when you convene a workshop or training.

How do I apply it?

  1. Divide participants into three groups. Ask the first group to draw roots of a tree; the second group to draw the trunk, and the third group to draw branches and leaves.
  2. Ask participants to spend 10 minutes in each group discussing their expectations about the workshop. The group with a flipchart with roots should discuss what they are bringing to the workshop (in terms of attitudes, competences or expertise). The group with a flipchart with the trunk will discuss what they think will happen at the workshop: topics discussed and methods used. The group with a flipchart with branches and leaves should discussed the outcomes of the workshop. Each group is asked to put up post-its on their flipcharts.
  3. After 10 minutes, ask each group to move clock-wise to a different table and to leave their flipchart on the table. The next group continues the discussion for 8 minutes, adding more post-its with new ideas, or adding voting stickers to statements their agree with.
  4. After the second round is over, invite participants to move clock-wise again and to join the last flipchart. This time participants have 5 minutes to add to the comments that had already been listed.
  5. Put up the three flipcharts on the wall in the form of a tree. Give participants 3 minutes to observe the results and to comment on them: ask other participants for clarification or to add other ideas that are relevant.

What will I need?

A set of three flipchart sheets spread on one table each, post-its and markers in different colours, voting stickers.

What else can I do?

Have a look at the tree of expectations at the end of the workshop or training to see if the expectations have been reached.