Five levels of participation
These five levels are adapted from Sherry Arnsteinís original eight-rung ladder of participation. (see Guide to Effective Participation at http://www.partnerships.org.uk). The levels are useful as general guidance on what stance to community involvement a
Information. The least you can do is tell people what is planned.
- Consultation. You offer a number of options and listen to the feedback you get.
- Deciding together. You encourage others to provide some additional ideas and options, and join in deciding the best way forward.
- Acting together. Not only do different interests decide together what is best, but they form a partnership to carry it out.
- Supporting independent community initiatives. You help others do what they want ñ perhaps within a framework of grants, advice and support provided by the resource holder.
- No one level is intended to be ëbetterí than another - it is a matter of horses for courses, and what is appropriate in any situation.
- Richard Stubbs of Newham Online has developed a five-level model which is more relevant to online work...