Strengthen the capacity of clients to participate in decisions and advocate for themselves

The Right Question Strategy builds two skills that are foundational for self-advocacy: the skills to ask better questions and participate more effectively in decisions. Anyone who works in providing direct services of any kind can share the strategy with the people with whom they work.

What I appreciate about the Right Question Institute is its effort to meet people where they are. Equally important is its recognition that no system, no professionals, no individual dealing daily with large numbers of people can meet all their needs without the avid involvement of those whose needs are to be met…”

[The Right Question Strategy] allows people who don’t usually speak up to find their own voice. They don’t have to depend on me or others to speak for them… they speak for themselves.

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Examples of Use of the Right Question Strategy Across Social Services

See examples of how people learn the Right Question Strategy and begin to ask questions and participate in decisions.

The Potential of Social Service Agencies to Build Self-Advocacy Skills

Read the significance of building clients’ skills to advocate for themselves.

Frontline Staff as Social Innovators

Frontline Staff as Social Innovators
Frontline staff people are largely untapped resources as potential social innovators. This article describes how one staff person strengthened the…

An Introduction to the Right Question Strategy

This presentation will introduce you to the Right Question Strategy you can use to invest in client’s skills of asking…

Building Client Skills to Ask Questions – Question Formulation Technique

Facilitating the Question Formulation Technique (QFT) with Social Services Clients – This PowerPoint guide includes all the facilitation steps needed…

Building Client Skills to Participate in Decisions – Framework for Accountable Decision-Making

The Framework for Accountable Decision-Making (FADM) – An overview of the framework that explains its rationale. Asking Questions about Decisions:…

Beyond Social Services

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Frontline social service workers are uniquely positioned to build self-advocacy skills that are also democratic skills. People who learn the skill of participating in decisions can apply that in all levels of democracy. Learn more about our vision of Microdemocracy as a new starting point of democratic action.

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