After Action Review

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Identification
Alternative names: 
AAR
Intent or purpose: 
To evaluate any project or event and communicate the learnings from the evaluation to the appropriate stake holders.
Used as component of: 
Project planning process.
Recognizable Components: 
1. Opening 2. What was intented? 3. What actually happened? 4. What did we learn? 5. Who are we going to tell? Reflection
Types of Participants: 
All of the people who participated in the event or project
Recommended size of group: 
2 - 50
Optimal amount of time needed: 
A day fo ra big project
Howto
Usual or Expected Outcomes: 
Lists answering the questions and a communications plan to report the findings
Level of participation: 
Everyone who worked on the project should participate.
Ideal Conditions: 
As soon after the project or event was completed
Potential Pitfalls: 
Not actually getting out what the intention of the project or even really was.
How is success evaluated: 
Communicating the results to the relevant stake holders.
Examples of successes and failures: 
The US and Dutch Armies use this as does Shell.
Level of Difficulty to Facilitate: 
Facilitation skills required
Resources Needed: 
The After Action Review film in addition to the normal flipcharts, large size post-its and markers.
Pre-Work Required: 
Presentation needs to be prepared for the intent section.
Procedures: 

See File

How flexible is the process?: 
very
Follow-Up Required: 
Implement the communications plan.
File attachments: 
AttachmentSize
Microsoft Office document icon AAR_Programme_clean.doc36.5 KB
Background
References: 
Hoskins, S. (ed.). After Action Review Facilitation Guide. Rijswijk, The Netherlands: Shell International Exploration and Production, 2002. Signet Consulting Group, ?From Post-Mortem to Living Practice: An in-depth study of the evolution of the After Action Review.? [http://www.signetconsulting.com/aarsum.html]
Suppliers
Creators: 
Trainers: 
Namesort descending City Country
Andi Roberts El Puerto de Santa Maria Spain
Creative Human Relations Solutions Fayetteville United States
Imaginal Training Groningen Netherlands
The Guinn Consultancy Group, Inc. Bristol, TN United States
worksmarts Tuckahoe United States
Consultants: 
Namesort descending City Country
Andi Roberts El Puerto de Santa Maria Spain
Creative Human Relations Solutions Fayetteville United States
Durland Consulting Wheaton United States
Facilitated Systems Everett, Washington United States
Imaginal Training Groningen Netherlands
mind@work Den Haag Netherlands
Optimancy Auckland New Zealand
The Guinn Consultancy Group, Inc. Bristol, TN United States
Unfolding Futures Pty Ltd Wentworthville NSW Australia
WebIQ Silver Spring, Maryland United States

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Online: 
Namesort descending City Country
Deachman & Associates Inc. - Ontario, Canada Keswick, Ontario Canada
Facilitated Systems Everett, Washington United States
Supporters: 
Namesort descending City Country
Gionnethics Pisa Italy
Imaginal Training Groningen Netherlands