Judging Our Progress
After each program and at the end of each year, we routinely analyze and reflect on our work at what we call “Judging Our Progress” (JOP) Circles.
At these circles we look to address the following questions:
What went well?
What did not go well?
Based on what we learned, what will do differently next time?
Routinely answering these questions allows our work to be in a process of continuous improvement, facilitating a structured way to learn from our successes and challenges. The JOP also provides a mechanism to hold each other accountable to do what we said we were going to do and work to resolve what got in the way if those commitments were not fulfilled.
Please contact Crystal Jones, Manager, Project Ujima
at or CLJ@projectujima-inc.org, if you would like to find out more information, join one of the taskforces involved in bringing programs or services, find your place of service, and/or, share an idea or community issue you would like addressed in a Project Ujima Discussion Circle.
If a concern or community issue comes up that residents would like to discuss, explore actions to take to address or resolve the concern or issue, a deliberative discussion circle is held.
The discussion circle usually requires a minimum of two meetings. The first discussion circle is devoted to people around the circle sharing how the topic affects them and ideas to address the concern or issue. The second discussion circle is devoted to the deliberation (discussing the pros, cons and tradeoffs) of implementing each of the ideas offered.
If common ground is reached on an action(s) to take and three or more people around the circle would like to lead the work involved in bringing the idea from talk to action, a taskforce is formed under an existing *Research Action Team (ReACTeam).