Community Decision-Making Toolkit

The Canadian Rural Secretariat has produced a Community Decision-Making Toolkit. It includes a brief summary of a range of approaches that can be used in community consultations. There are much better resources on asset mapping (see for example Discovering community power: A guide to mobilizing local assets and your organization’s capacity) but it does provide some ideas for group processes that could be of use.

The tools they discuss are:

  1. Asset Mapping
  2. Brainstorming
  3. Charette Procedure
  4. Community Dialogue
  5. Dotmocracy
  6. Effort-Impact Grid
  7. First Impressions
  8. Force Field Analysis
  9. Multivoting
  10. Nominal Group Technique
  11. Plus/Minus Implications
  12. Strengths/Weaknesses/Opportunities/Threats Analysis (SWOT)

About Graeme Stuart

Lecturer (Family Action Centre, Newcastle Uni), blogger (Sustaining Community), environmentalist, Alternatives to Violence Project facilitator, father. Passionate about families, community development, peace & sustainability.
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