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Unfortunately, there is no standard out of the box community planning blueprint. As each area is uniquely shaped by its people, culture and surroundings, the approach will be different for every community or neighbourhood.
VP groups can pick and choose recipes that would work best for their communities.
This cookbook which is constantly being updated, lists various recipes from A-Z on how to undertake community planning
How do you get started with community planning?
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Key elements of community-led planning
1. Strong leadership
Planning should be led by a group from the community that has credibility with the different sections of the community. The group must balance the interest of all stakeholders.
2. Community engagement
The community or locality should be involved in every step of the planning process. Isolated groups should be given a voice.
3. Strong evidence base
An effective plan is based on the views of the people which are grounded in evidence of real issues and aspirations.
A clear vision for the future will inform the way ahead. It should be grounded and must relate to opportunities and the the local context.
5. Action plans
the vision should be translated into a an action plan with clear objectives and priorities.
Setting up a Core Group - Why do you need a core group?
Core groups (you can use your own name such as steering committee, steering group, advisory group) can:
Look at the big picture in different lenses
Drive the project forward
Monitor the progress of the activities and tasks
Provide a forum for discussion
Provide effective ways of getting things done
How to setup a core group
Consider the composition of the group. Brainstorm weather to form a large or small group.
On the onset, gather a few people to work with, who will help lead the process through the initial setting up stage. Identify people who have contacts in the area and ones who represent different skills and interests.
The core group can be initiated by one person asking one more, and then brainstorming who else should be in the group. On the other hand, it may come from a public meeting and asking people to step forward if they are interested in being part of the leadership group.
Invite people who are committed to the cause of the group, have practical knowledge he/she is willing to share, will champion your cause and would volunteer his/her time to make things happen.
Identify tasks and responsibilities of members
What makes a good core group?
Members need to be enthusiastic about the project and committed to championing its cause. A good core group should:
Make clear to members what their responsibilities are
Rotate the chairing of meetings
Include external representatives
Ensure clarity of both individual and group tasks
Produce effective documentation
Appoint a chairperson/facilitator