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Planning for real

This approach requires a 3D model of a local area to be developed for communities to add suggestions of how they would like to see their community develop. They then prioritise these in groups and create an action plan for decision-makers to take away.

This approach requires a trained facilitator to extract participant’s knowledge of living in the area and to make suggestions by placing cards directly on the model. These are both ready-made cards with comments/suggestions or blank cards for participants to complete. These suggestions are then prioritised by groups into ‘now’, ‘sooner’ or ‘later’. These resulting priority lists form the basis for an action plan. A number of events may be run depending on the nature of the participants eg a separate meeting for younger people.

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  • An eye-catching and fun process that is enjoyed by people who would not normally get involved;
  • The models lessen the need for verbal or literacy skills, making it a useful method to use when some participants don’t speak English as a first language;
  • It is a non-confrontational way of expressing needs;
  • Decisions reflect local priorities;
  • Mobilises local support and generates enthusiasm.
  • Requires a trained facilitator and a 3D model;
  • Usually focused on a local level and can be hard to scale up;
  • Requires the involvement of important decision-makers.
  • Community input into local decision-making;
  • Inclusion of participants that are often left out in other circumstances;
  • Buy-in and enthusiasm;
  • Shared vision for the future of an area.
  • Input to regional or national level decision-making, unless part of a wider strategy.

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