Peer group education in your own organisation
There are many different ways of
getting individuals, groups or organisations to assess
their current situation in order that future plans
can be made which are realistic and, therefore, achievable.
The S.W.O.T. Analysis is one such method.
• A-4 white paper
2 - 2.5 hour
10 - 30 people
S.W.O.T. stands for:
It can be used by individuals to
consider their professional or personal situation
especially at points of crisis or decision. Similarly
groups of people, whether social, community, temporary
or work based can explore their position. It can also
be used within organisations to assess circumstances
and assist in future planning of a peer group education
programme. When used with groups or organisations
the analysis should ideally first be done by individuals.
Each person is asked to make an individual S.W.O.T.
analysis of their own organisation or group. They
can think about it or write or give a visual expression
to the four aspects of the analysis. Then get people
in pairs or small groups to share their thoughts and
feelings on this trying to spend an equal amount of
time on each of the four aspects. It should also be
timed so that each person has a fair share of the
time available. Large group discussion should then
take place with all pairs or small groups sharing
their perspectives. This should be focused on the
S.W.O.T.'s affecting the group or organisations
who want to set up peer group education programmes.
Either at this point or later, after some work has
take place this S.W.O.T. analysis can form a useful
base on which to build strategies for future development.
(Session 6 - How to set up a peer group education
This is good method for getting
people to think about their groups and organisations,
to make a critical analysis of what they can achieve
and what they may need to help them.'