Youth Participation in Planning and Decision-Making:
An Online Resource Guide

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 The following resources represent various methods, strategies, and tools for fostering participatory development.
 These resources can help youth and adults work together as partners to create meaningful change:


Participatory Rural Appraisal -  these methods emphasize local knowledge and skills, and can be used to help different groups make their own appraisals,
analysis, and plans.  They can be used in a variety of settings and with different groups.

Participatory Action Research - allows groups to pursue action/change and research/understanding simultaneously - often by using a process which alternates
between action and critical reflection.  Is. It can be highly participative - change is usally easier to achieve when those affected by the change are involved.

Theory of Change - is a tool for designing and evaluating social change initiatives.  A theory of change helps groups create a "blueprint of the building blocks"
neded to to achieve a social change initiative's long-term goal.   It helps groups develop a "roadmap" - identifying the preconditions, pathways, and interventions
neccessary for success.

Institute of Cultural Affairs (ICA) - Technology of Participation - these methods were developed by the ICA as practical ways of enabling groups to develop their
own thinking and solutions to problems.  The methods are great tools for facilitation and can be used by youth and adults.  Look for ICA books online, too.

Youth-Adult Partnership Training - this training helps youth and adults build their capacity for true collaboration.  Such training deals with issues of adultism and
ageism and offers opportunites for skill-building.

Community Asset Mapping - an asset map is an inventory of the strengths and gifts of the people who make up a community.  Asset mapping reveals the assets
of the entire community and highlights the interconnections among them, which in turn reveals how to access those assets. Asset mapping can help groups think
of their communities in terms of their wealth - in people, "things," services, and other resources they posess.


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Created May 2004, by Mark Tirpak, MSCRP Student