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PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988-2001 12 Community participation and empowerment: putting theory into practice

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Document begins: PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988­2001 12 Community participation and empowerment: putting theory into practice David Wilcox · Acting together: not only do different Introduction interests decide together on what is best, they form a partnership to carry it out. This article provides a summary of a new Guide · Supporting independent community to Effective Participation1, which offers a interests: local groups or organisations are comprehensive framework for thinking about offered funds, advice or other support to involvement, empowerment and partnership. It develop their own agendas within also provides an A to Z of key issues and guidelines. practical techniques for effective participation. Ten key ideas about participation The Guide to Effective Participation identifies 10 key ideas which aid thinking about community involvement. 1. Level of participation The guide proposes a five-rung ladder of participation which relates to the stance an organisation promoting participation may take. · Information: merely telling people what is planned. Practitioners consulted during development of · Consultation: offering some options, the guide felt strongly that information-giving listening to feedback, but not allowing and consultation are often wrongly presented as new ideas. participation. This can lead to disillusionment · Deciding together: encouraging additional among community interests, or ...

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