Many initiators feel as if they're adrift in the world of participation. They work hard, but they don't seem to get anywhere worthwhile.
A key reason they feel this way is that they haven't spent enough time thinking about what they want from the participant, from the project and what the real goal for their participation is. After all, would you set out on a major journey with no real idea of your destination? Probably not!
Goal setting is a powerful process for thinking about your ideal project and the ideal outcome from your project, and for motivating yourself to turn your vision of this project into reality.
The process of setting goals helps you choose where you want to go with your project. By knowing precisely what you want to achieve, you know where you have to concentrate your efforts. You'll also quickly spot the distractions that can, so easily, lead you astray.
With this in mind, we suggest listening to our interview with Martin Schreiber. He talks about the pitfalls and opportunities that make for good preparation. Martin Schreiber is head of the Sinus Foundation and has already conducted several projects on youth participation.
Never ask a question that you don’t want an answer to!Take participation seriously!
You should now have a clear idea about the purpose of your project.Sketch the process
Get in touch with the group of young people you have previously mapped.Involve the young people