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Dialogue by Design: A handbook in public and stakeholder engagement

Authors: Acland, A. (Dialogue by Design)
Publication date: 2012

This handbook has a special focus on how to design engagement processes – for example, which method to use in different types of situation and how to keep track of stakeholder participation.

Safetipin – An Overview. Active Learning Solutions

Safetipin is a free complete map-based mobile phone application which works to make our communities and cities safer by providing safety-related information collected by users and by trained auditors. It has been developed to encourage more people to be involved in safety of women and communities.

A review of evidence, agreements, concepts and tools relating to participatory agricultural research

Author: Blackie, M.
Publication date: 2014

This is a rapid desk based study to identify an overview of evidence, agreements, concepts and tools relating to participatory agricultural research. The review was undertaken using both peer reviewed and grey literature from the major development agencies (both multilateral and national), national and international research institutes and think tanks, and regional and subregional research organisations.

Gender and Inclusion Toolbox: participatory research in climate change and agriculture

Author: Jost, C., Ferdous, N. & Spicer, T.D.
Publication date: 2014

This manual introduces a wide range of participatory strategies and tools for research to guide the implementation of climate smart agriculture and efforts to achieve food security in rural communities. It is intended for NGO practitioners and program designers interested in diagnostic and action research for gender sensitive and socially inclusive climate change programs.

“Why don’t they want our help?” Exploring the relationship between community and development worker

In this IDS blog post, Jody Aked reflects upon the misplaced assumption that communities are always receptive and eager to engage when development practitioners or researchers offer something they think the community will benefit from. To avoid a frustrating outcome, she suggests an alternative approach, including three ways on how to start a positive relationship with a community. 

Padlet: A Free Virtual Bulletin Board and Brainstorming Tool

In this blog post, Susan Kistler introduces Padler, an improved free virtual bulletin board application. The uses are almost endless – any time you might try sticky notes, Padlet may be a virtual alternative. 

Tools for enhancing interdisciplinary communication

Authors: Winowiecki, L. et alii.
Publication date: 2011 (In Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy, (7) 1)

A diverse group of postdoctoral research fellows aimed to bring together scientific, political, economic, demographic, geographic, ecological, and ethical perspectives on the challenges and opportunities of sustainable development. Communicating effectively across often disparate disciplines turned out to be their first challenge. This community essay chronicles that part of our journey. 

Using Participatory Process Evaluation to Understand the Dynamics of Change in a Nutrition Education Programme

Author: Cornwall, A.
Publication date: 2014

With roots in approaches to popular education and participatory action research that place the learner and the ‘beneficiary’ of development at the centre of enquiry and action, the participatory visualisation methods associated with Participatory Rural Appraisal have been widely used as tools for learning and accountability.

In this article, the author reflects on lessons learnt from using these methods in a participatory process evaluation of an educational programme aimed at addressing chronic malnutrition in an East African country.

A local vision of climate adaptation: Participatory urban planning in Mozambique

Authors: Broto, V.C., Boyd, E., Ensor, J. & Allen, C.
Publication date: 2014

This article shares the findings of the project "Public Private People Partnerships for Climate Compatible Development (4PCCD)". It was a small project (£114,000) that ran from 2011 to 2013 in Maputo, Mozambique. It investigated whether local views be represented fairly in national and municipal planning processes through a partnership approach.

By experimenting with different forms of participatory planning, 4PCCD aimed to identify local priorities for climate-related action, along with the key actors and resources needed to make it happen.

Photovoice

Photovoice is a ground-breaking approach to participatory action research. The beauty of photovoice is its diversity; every photovoice project is different, and each project has a different focus. With photovoice, different stories are told, different photographs are captured and different outcomes are sought. Despite the many differences, common to each photovoice project is its effectiveness as a method to reveal real life experiences and empower marginalized individuals, particularly girls and women.