Honing skills in our assessor workshops

September 1, 2021

Screen grab of zoom workshop with five participants- four women and one man

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 new and experienced CBF assessors to come together, share their knowledge and learn skills. Our most recent workshops, held in August, focused on the practical details of completing CBF grant assessments.

Guided by Georgie Boucher (our grants team member responsible for assessor support), participants looked closely at the assessment criteria, learned the various do’s and don’ts, and then completed several sample assessments discussing why they scored applications the way they did, and sharing their general thoughts.

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.

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

“The format of workshop is excellent – it was well thought out and a good training plan.”

“Chatting with other assessors was really nice. It was great to have a mix of experienced and new assessors for a mix of insights.”

“Having the opportunity to compare my grant response thought processes with other assessors was very helpful.”

Some will be using their skills assessing applications in the coming weeks for the grant round that recently closed.

Want to be a CBF Grant 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.

Photo: (clockwise from top left): Frank Wilcox (5GTR FM), CBF’s Georgie Boucher, Joanne Ryan (2SSR), Lisa McLean (2MCE) and Brianna Baggow (4RFM).