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To plan effectively, it is important that the initial participants work collectively to obtain a solid and objective understanding of the existing situation from a systemic or more holistic perspective.
Consequently, a community scan that focuses at a relatively high level needs to be implemented in order to better understand the overall community as a system, to take its 'pulse', and to zero in on priorities.
Typically this isn't an in-depth assessment but rather more of a review or scan of existing plans, ideas and research, conversations and interviews with key informants, and other forms of information.
Unlike many who will want to drill down to the details, this stage of the planning will appeal more to those who are 'big picture thinkers' who intuitively examine the system without finding it to be intimidating.
Community leaders are more apt to be those who are addressing real needs, issues, or trends rather than simply reacting to symptoms.
Here below are all the tools associated with Step Three:
- Are We Ready for Change and Growth?
- Brainstorming Parts Of The Whole
- Community Capacity Inventory
- Community Report Card
- Community Scan
- Community Trends For Consideration
- Demographics Of Your Community
- Developing And Using Appropriate Questions
- Focus Groups
- Force Field Analysis
- Group Inventory Template
- Impact Gaps Canvas
- Information Hot Lines
- Nominal Group Technique
- Our Futures: A Game to Facilitiate Future Thinking
- Participatory Video
- Problem Tree
- Reversed Brainstorming
- Six Hats Of Thinking
- STEEP Thinking About Signals of Change
- Strategic Questioning
- Study Circles
- The 'Addie' Game
- The Wave
- Time Lines
- Trend Line