Honing skills in our assessor workshops

September 22, 2020

Screen shot of assessor skills workshop on zoom

We know that being a ‘virtual volunteer’ can be an isolating experience. So each year we run a series of small, interactive online skills workshops for our assessors.

These workshops are a great opportunity for CBF assessors to come together and hone their skills. Our most recent workshops, held in August and September, were focused on the practical details of completing CBF grant assessments.

Guided by Georgie Boucher (our grants team member responsible for assessor support), participants learned the assessment do’s and don’ts and also completed several guided sample assessments which they discussed with the group.

This activity helped them to look closely at the assessment criteria, discussing why they scored applications the way they did, and then share general thoughts on each proposal.

Georgie loves running these workshops which allow her to work closely with our assessors providing practical advice and feedback. Importantly, the workshops are a great opportunity for assessors to learn from each other, highlighting the benefits of peer-to-peer support.

“It’s fantastic to see the boost to assessors confidence during the workshops when their scores and comments echo those of other assessors in the group. It’s almost like a collective online sigh.”

Our assessors find these workshops equally rewarding. Here’s some of their recent feedback:

“Great opportunity to learn from other assessors and feel more comfortable with the volunteer grants assessor role. Very supportive and informative.”

“Great workshop, comparing assessments was useful because it provided me with some benchmark for how others think.”

“It was helpful to get confirmation of things I was doing right, and also learning things I may have been missing. I think I will be more confident in my assessments in future.”

Want to be a CBF assessor?

We welcome assessor nominations all year round. So if you’re interested in becoming a CBF grant assessor find out more about what’s involved or apply now.

Interested in joining a workshop?

If you are already one of our assessors and would like to participate in the next series of Assessor Skills workshops, email Georgie.

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