Making community participation meaningful
A handbook for development and assessment
Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol
SECTION ONE: Introduction
What is the purpose of such a detailed framework?
What is community participation?
Why is community participation essential?
Key principles which have underpinned our work
What these frameworks can be used for
Key lessons from the road testing of the original frameworks
The structure of the framework
SECTION TWO: A new framework
Applying the framework
SECTION THREE: Reflective questions for addressing key considerations
1 What different communities exist within your locality?
2 Who or what has determined the rules in your partnership or for your initiative?
3 What is the balance of power within the partnership/initiative?
4 In what ways, and to what extent, are communities involved?
5 What level of investment is there in community participation?
6 Is there strong leadership to support community participation?
7 Do decision-making structures allow for local diversity?
8 Are you able to work in a joined-up way?
9 Are service structures compatible with community participation?
10 Is your group able to run in an effective and inclusive way?
11 How does your group or organisation ensure that its representatives on committees and boards are accountable?
12 How effective is your information and communication?
13 Do you have an effective approach to community and organisational learning?
14 Has participation made any difference?
SECTION FOUR: Tools and exercises
B Steps and barriers
C: Stakeholder cards
D: Objectives exercise
E: Drawings and pictures
F: Spider's web maps
G: Level of participation scale
H: Meetings checklist
I: The 'hats' form
J: The decision trail
K: Recording meetings