Overview Participatory Methods
Participatory planning tools and techniques enable participants to influence and share control over develop-ment initiatives and decisions affecting them. The tools promote knowledge sharing, build commitment to the process and empower the group to develop more effective strategies. Another main goal is to level the play-ing field between different levels of power, various interests and resources and to enable different participants to interact in an equitable and genuinely collaborative basis. Methods can be workshop-based, engaging pow-erful, high-level decision makers, experts and interest group representatives or they can be community-based, involving citizens (often poor and disadvantaged) in dialogue. In the latter case, the objective is to provide these citizens with the opportunity to learn about the technical and political facets of the decision op-tions and to enable them to discuss and evaluate these options and their likely consequences according to their own set of values and preferences.
Comparative Chart for Participatory Methods*
as described on this website
1 Legend: Explanation of chart symbols:
Note: +/‑ means that the method can address subjects with either + or -; m = medium
€ : 1 = inexpensive; 2 = moderate; 3 = expensive; 4 = very expensive
Comparative Chart for other Participatory Methods