Hands-on, practical guides that we think are useful for community development agencies and workers to utilise and share good practice.
- Community research - A detailed practical guide for community groups to carry out their own action research. Lots of information and examples on techniques, research methods, developing skills and using the findings.
- Involving young people in design - A How To guide for involving young people in the design and development of play spaces
- Public participation toolbox - Very useful IAP2 Participation toolkit including; techniques to share information; techniques to bring people together; techniques to compile and provide feedback, all with considerations of what could go right or wrong.
- Participatory Planning and Action - A manual of participatory practices gathered from lots of experience and fieldwork, particularly in rural settings, in Asia, Africa and Latin America. It is clearly laid out with lots of innovative and useful examples, ideas and suggestions. Very useful for facilitiators and community development workers in local groups.
- Community empowerment - A discussion toolkit and game for community groups to use to help groups work together to identify and act on important issues, and to communicate these to councillors and official representatives.
- Community Animation - A handbook for community animators produced by the Rural Action Research Programme, compiled by a talented team of animators from the Communities on the Edge project, managed by Southern Uplands Partnership
- Facilitating social change - A practical guide to understanding and analysing power, and moving from reflection to action, to make social change possible.
- Building Resilience in rural communities - A series of information sheets explaining the purpose of the toolkit and outlining 11 resilience concepts found to be pivotal in enhancing individual and community resilience and how to utilise them and build on them in your work with your community.
- Outreach engagement - A good practice guide to communicating with communities through various outreach events, activities and information. Some useful planning and evaluation samples at the end, and some considered do's and don'ts to think about too.
- Influence; A discussion-based toolkit for community groups and networks who want to assess and improve their influence on agencies and in partnerships. Useful frameworks, worksheets and exercises included in it.
- Townplanning - Some useful tips on pages 8 + 9 on drawing up your own neighbourhood plan, and a list of good resources and links for further in depth detail
- Example Workshop Plans - A range of example plans with accompanying slides and worksheets based on the practices developed by the Ketso Team. A range of different resources available that cover planning events, to developing a social enterprise plan or exploring a sense of place.
- A guide to organising a community event in parks and open spaces. Gop to the bottom of the page to get the link to the document. It is related to Sheffield, but a lot of the same principles, processes and procedures apply elsewhere and are useful to consider for planning and for communicating with local authority and with communities before, during and after the event.
- Simple steps to holding an event - with details on licensing, publicising, raising funds and accessibility