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Community planning

Community Planning is not a method per se, it is a government initiative, but it is included here because it demonstrates a way of dealing with the issues surrounding community planning to implement a shared vision for promoting the wellbeing of an area, community cohesion and improving the quality of life of its citizens.  It focuses on processes that enable participation; enhance control through shared decision making; and create opportunities to learn, practice, and increase skills.  The Community Planning process can bring together public and private organisations, the community and voluntary sector to engage with the local population to influence decisions on the direction and policy of local service providers.

This method may be used as a mechanism to involve local partners and communities.  A Community Planning partnership has been established in all local government areas in Northern Ireland.

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  • Involves key stakeholders at a local Government level;
  • Established processes to engage with local people/groups to take ownership of decisions;
  • Has the potential to involve stakeholders at a co-design level.
  • Relatively new structure;
  • Different structures/processes established across the 11 local Government areas.
  • Voice for the public and the community and voluntary sector;
  • Improved relationships;
  • Potentially shared vision.
  • The Community Planning function is a form of involvement, it will not deliver on its own.

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