things. First, the facilitator should prepare a document that simply "dumps"
the data, listing questions and all the answers to them from all the
participants, without attribution. This allows everyone to see how his or her
answers compare with those of the rest of the group. Participants will be able
to get their issues "on the table" and to see where there is consensus or
diversity among themselves.
facilitator prepares an executive summary from the interview data. Normally,
this is a strawman vision, guiding principles, mission, and a set of planning assumptions. Each of these terms is discussed and defined in the pages ahead.
In preparing the executive summary, it is extremely important that the
facilitator not write the vision, guiding principles, or mission for the
team, nor should the facilitator make any value judgments about what data
are included and what are excluded. The strawman is merely a set of bullets
that reflect the issues, positive and negative, as verbalized by the team
members. The final version will be hammered out and consensus reached at the
strategic planning off-site.