The last planning step feeds all the learning from the action planning experience into the next action plan.

Reflection is the practice of thinking about and considering what has been done and how well it will address the future. Here are some things to consider when reflecting on all the experiences of action planning.

  • Reflection provides the opportunity for continuous learning and dialogue when it is integrated into the governance group’s activities.
  • Reflection allows different views and perspectives to be understood and seen more clearly for their contribution to the prevention of violence against women.
  • Consciously stepping outside the hurly burly of the everyday and asking probing questions helps to mitigate risk and provide opportunities for deeper insight and new learning that can be applied to the future.
  • Reflection takes many forms and can be conducted at different levels including the rational and logical experience and the emotional journey of partners, stakeholders and the community.
  • Reflection is both a relatively informal and private process, for example regular journaling in a diary, as well as a structured process.