Community participation in local health and sustainable development. Approaches and techniques




Community participation is a core part of both Healthy Cities and Local Agenda 21 work. This document briefly describes what community participation is and why it is important. A strategic approach is needed to achieve effective work in this area. The document explores in detail the techniques and methods frequently used and categorizes them in relation to five aspects of an action planning model: assessing needs and assets, agreeing on a vision, generating ideas and plans for action, enabling action and monitoring and evaluation. The document provides specific guidance to people wishing to engage in their own community participation activities. Case studies, contacts and reference material are included.