Presentations, Facilitation, and Note Taking Rubric

Presentations and Facilitating task (deliberative) processes

Fosters Depth

  • Helps participants to do their best thinking
  • Encourages deep reflection on benefits and trade-offs; gets beyond surface observations
  • Asks open-ended, focused questions that are relevant to topic

Fosters Deliberativeness

  • Resists the tendency to focus initially on what is practical, and instead helps participants to consider what they find valuable
  • Highlights tensions, ambiguity, or “gray areas” unearthed during discussion
  • Prevents the conversation from becoming a debate

Maintains Neutrality and Credibility

  • Functions as a facilitator rather than a lecturer or contributor
  • Remains open to alternate solutions, approaches, benefits, and trade-offs that your group might not have considered
  • Cites at least two sources aloud effectively


Facilitating social processes

Fosters Clarity

  • Draws out key ideas by consistently paraphrasing (p. 344), summarizing ( p. 363), and tracking key themes (p. 349)
  • Encourages sustained deliberation of a line-of-thought, via follow-up questions

Manages Logistics

  • Manages time so that all elements are given fair consideration (stacking, balancing, linking, summarizing, etc.  See pp. 344-363)
  • Handles facilitation challenges effectively (disruptions, misinformation, monopolizing participant, slow start to conversation, etc.  See pp. 364-374)


Note Taking

  • Captures main ideas offered by participants
  • Paraphrases and summarizes, rather than recording verbatim
  • Asks for clarification from participants as needed
  • Prints neatly and organizes ideas effectively