Facilitation is a process in which a third party who is a trained and experienced facilitator (and is not a stakeholder) plans, develops and conducts an organized and effective process that helps a group move toward common understanding and that produces a clear result that is commonly understood and supported by all participants.
Facilitation focuses on how people participate in the process of learning or planning, not just on what gets achieved.
The focus is on assisting a group to come together effectively to reach a goal
This process is useful in helping groups to efficiently plan
This process is useful in assisting groups to collaboratively make decisions
This process is helpful when a group has not functioned well together in the past
This process is helpful when a new group is formed *whose members have not yet worked together
Group members are often more motivated to support the plans and decisions made because of their investment in the process
The best efforts of groups can produce better results than individual efforts