Planning Alternative Tomorrows With Hope (PATH)
- Face-to-Face, Online, or Both?
- General Type of Method
- Collaborative approaches
- Typical Purpose
- Develop the civic capacities of individuals, communities, and/or civil society organizations
- Make, influence, or challenge decisions of government and public bodies
- Spectrum of Public Participation
- Open to All or Limited to Some?
- Open to All With Special Effort to Recruit Some Groups
- Number of Participants
- Medium size groups
- Types of Interaction Among Participants
- Discussion, Dialogue, or Deliberation
- Acting, Drama, or Roleplay
- Decision Methods
- General Agreement/Consensus
- Scope of Implementation
- Level of Polarization This Method Can Handle
- Moderate polarization
- Level of Complexity This Method Can Handle
- Moderate Complexity
Planning Alternative Tomorrows with Hope, or PATH, is a participatory planning process which places people at the center, allowing participants to develop a vision and a means to accomplish it via graphic facilitation of ideas.
Problems and Purpose
Planning Alternative Tomorrows with Hope (PATH), is a participatory, person-centered planning process that uses graphic facilitation to convey ideas and develop steps to realize them. The process is meant to build excitement around a vision: a necessary feature of planning workshops that seek to inspire creativity and out-of-the-box thinking.
Origins and Development
PATH, is a participatory, person-centered planning process developed by Jack Pearpoint, Marsha Forrest, and John O’Brien.
Participant Recruitment and Selection
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How it Works: Process, Interaction, and Decision-Making
PATH facilitators spend an average of 40 hours in class, including practical application, and the reception of peer and instructor feedback. Facilitators trained in the graphic arts may also be present during the process.
Influence, Outcomes, and Effects
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Analysis and Lessons Learned
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Employment First,"What is PATH Strategic Planning?," Ohio Department of Disabilities, https://ohioemploymentfirst.org/up_doc/What_is_PATH_Strategic_Planning.pdf
Lead image: Betty Thompson https://goo.gl/5uVMG1