Knowledge Base

How do I plan a participatory process?

Guidance on how to develop and design a participatory process

  • Scope

    ​The purpose of defining the scope of a participatory exercise is to clarify exactly what the boundaries to the exercise are – what can really be…

  • Purpose

    Establishing a clear purpose and getting agreement on it within the commissioning body is the single most important stage of any engagement process…

  • Context

    A good participatory process must be well embedded within its context. A useful way to consider the context is as the landscape you are operating…

  • Who to involve

    It is important to consider who to involve in a participation process. Specific questions can help to make sure no important sectors are forgotten if…

  • Final design

    When all the key issues have been broadly considered a detailed design will be needed for the whole participatory process. It is at this stage that…

  • Institutional response

    An institutional response can be the most significant change that occurs following a participation process. It might be a policy change (e.g. we…

  • Review of the process

    Participation is an emerging field, so evaluation and review of practice is very important. Indeed, formal evaluation is emerging as an integral part…