Innovative results

The Planning for Real process allows residents to register their views on a range of issues, to work together to identify priorities, and in partnership with local agencies go on to develop an action plan for change. Content and methodologies are delivered via a process of stages which is flexible and designed to meet community needs.

They comprise 

  • Early informal meetings with residents and other stakeholders to build an understanding of PFR and answer preliminary questions
  • Stakeholder mapping activity to help to understand the routes into the community and maximise their engagement and other relevant agencies.
  • Model making made up of small sections of polystyrene board which means that they are easily transportable and can be taken to different locations where people naturally meet.
  • Planning for Real consultation events held in venues and locations convenient for local people, as many as required
  • Key findings report to capture results of events
  • Prioritisation and action planning drawing out the main issues in order to identify a list of priorities.
  • A final findings report

Creative methodologies and innovative techniques are used in the engagement process which sets PFR apart including:

  • Ideas walls, a simple technique to encourage the generation of ideas in an inclusive and non-confrontational way.
  • Concentric circles for both stakeholder mapping and building consensus using a cloth concentric circle with suggestions placed around the edge of the outer circle.
  • Rainbow map – a visioning exercise designed to help a group to share its visions for the future and discuss a common way forward
  • Yellow Brick Road – a tool which helps groups to plan the steps that need to be taken in order to achieve their vision
  • Weather map – a quick visual technique for reviewing how a group is feeling and how much progress has been made.
  • Transect walks – walking a route around an area, local residents, of all ages, are encouraged to highlight areas and issues of concern or suggestions for improvements
  • Suggestion cards at community events, local people will place suggestion cards on the 3D model to have their say about what’s happening or what they would like to see in their neighbourhood.

In development with our partners we will explore the process and methodologies and via the testing and piloting be fully able to assess the effectiveness of the different tools and techniques in the different EU environments and sectors we will apply them. This will occur via the activities described more fully WP 3 and 4.

We are introducing our partners to a new product and as such we believe added value will be derived from:

  • At least 4 other EU countries/accession states will have the skills and knowledge base of PFR to effectively engage with their local communities
  • Nearly 50 people will be trained in PFR techniques which are new to them and over 200 members of the community will be engaged in the process
  • Measures of the long term benefit and return on investment will be made to ensure that value for money accrues from the PFR engagement methodology
  • We will have devised an EU wide tested programme with supporting manuals and engagement exercises available to other EU countries / accession states to enable them to engage with their communities
  • Current partners will be skilled in and confident in using a new community engagement tool, demonstrating to policy makers and stakeholders the validity of the approach to address EU 2014 -2020 Community Led Local Development policy aims
  • The creation of an EU transnational network to promote and deliver PFR beyond the project life cycle.

For over 25 years PFR has had notable success in empowering people to influence change in their communities by playing an active part in shaping the design and delivery of both physical spaces and services. PFR has a proven track record in empowering local people to influence change in their communities, and through the transfer of knowledge and skills through training and pilot projects, a legacy will be retained by beneficiaries (both trained facilitators and local people in the pilot areas) and PFR will be accessible to more communities across the EU. www.planningforreal.org.uk

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