Project Facilitation is a kind of assistance provided to a project by internal or/and external stakeholders to help project personnel understand their commitment and achieve project goals and objectives. It aims to make it easier for teams to overcome any disagreements and conflicts in their common understanding of the project and to empower them to be successful in making their effort along the project lifecycle.
By meaning, project facilitation is close to consulting and expert advice. Facilitating a project means providing all possible assistance to help project staff perform their tasks and duties. Project facilitation can be provided as:
- Staff training, mentoring and knowledge transfer
- Expert advice and consulting
- Leadership and management service
- Funds and investments
- Equipment and tools
In the lifecycle of a project, facilitation is a process that starts with project creation and goes on all the way through project completion. Facilitators are people who provide advice and assistance. Although facilitators may have a significant impact on project decisions, they never participate directly in the decision making process. Facilitators provide guidelines but have no authority to make decisions and manage project activities.