A workshop is an event at which participants work collaboratively to solve specific project related tasks. Workshops usually involve a large number of participants who can be split into smaller groups of six to 15 participants. A workshop usually led by someone with a lot of experience in the subject being discussed. Workshops are often used in conjunction with other involvement tools in the early stages of a project to help shape a programme of work.
- They are participatory, allowing members to be active and influence the direction of the discussion;
- Has the potential to involve participants at a co-design or co-production level;
- Opportunity to gain input from a range of backgrounds, which may improve relations with wider stakeholders.
- Requires considerable staff time to establish;
- Needs an experienced staff member to lead the workshop;
- Facilitators are required for each small group;
- It may be difficult to involve marginalised or hard to reach groups.
- A roadmap or agreed approach to progress work;
- Members with the skills for further involvement;
- Project related outcomes;
- Qualitative data.
- Quantitative data.
Level of Involvement: Co-production