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Planning activities with the Five Finger method

Improve effectiveness with this easy way to remember to ask what, how, who, where and when

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Practical, discussion-based learning on community development for small groups

  • Once a group has agreed its objectives it can begin to take action. For successful activities, it is always helpful to first plan them carefully and put them in order of priority.
  • The Five Finger Questions are a very good way of planning


  • Why is it important to ask these questions for every activity which a group plans to carry out? What might happen if they are not asked? Try them out for each activity participants are planning to carry out.
  • If participants do not belong to a group with clear objectives, discuss how they might ask these questions for each of the possible objectives set on C13 by the group who wanted to improve health in their community. Alternatively, set some other imaginary objectives and work out what activities would be needed to achieve them.
An illustration of a hand which shows the five key questions to ask

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