About the GIZ-methodology
Why the GIZ-methodology?
Families want to decide for themselves
Parents and children no longer want to be talked about by professionals in education, health and welfare. And they no longer want to feel judged and told what’s best for them by people who seem to pay little attention to their own knowledge, values and priorities.
Professionals want to use their expertise
Similarly, professionals often feel limited by traditional protocols that leave little room for their own and families’ expertise and (self-) compassion. They want to be able to respond expertly and uniquely to unique individuals.
The GIZ-methodology empowers both families and professionals
Professionals trained in the GIZ-methodology find they have room to empower families to:
gauge for themselves how well a specific child is developing physically, mentally, emotionally and socially;
understand what each child needs to cope with its age-related and individual challenges;
decide with the professionals how they and others can help their family to thrive.
This happens within an authentic, solution-focussed dialogue, which also gives professionals room to make use of their expertise.
What is de GIZ-methodology and how does it work?
Educative, family-friendly decision-making
The GIZ-methodology is an educative, family-friendly decision-making tool that enables professionals and families to talk together constructively about how a specific child is developing and to reach consensus on the most appropriate family support.
What does 'GIZ' stand for?
GIZ stands for 'Gezamenlijk Inschatting van Zorgbehoeften'. This translates as 'joint assessment of support needs'. Professionals trained in the GIZ-methodology use age-appropriate coloured schemes and specific solution-focussed communication techniques which ensure that families can actively participate in the decision-making process.
Cost-effective tailored care
By ensuring that everyone can understand what's going on and can listen to each other respectfully within a clear, educative structure, the GIZ-methodology enables families and professionals to combine their expertise to decide what's important for a specific child. The result? Cost-effective, tailored care.
Backed by independent research
Research carried out by the University of Leiden within the context of the Academic Workplace North South-Holland has confirmed that the GIZ-methodology does indeed promote authentic dialogues in which parents, children and professionals from all relevant disciplines feel heard, understood and respected.
All parties are able to 'speak the same language' and make solution-focused decisions together.
Acclaim for the GIZ-methodology
2014: nominated for National Youth Care Awards Jury Prize
2015: recommended in the Dutch guideline on family-friendly decision-making "Samen met ouders en jeugdige beslissen over passende hulp", published jointly by the professional associations for educationalists, pedagogues, social workers and psychologists (respectively, NVO, BPSW and NIP)
2015: recommended by the professional association for children's doctors and nurses (NCJ) for national implementation within the Dutch preventive public healthcare system .