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Details for «Open House»

Open house events allow those promoting development initiatives to present them to a wider public and secure reactions in an informal manner. They are less structured than a workshop. The venue will be arranged with a number of displays on the proposals and options using a variety of interactive display techniques. Open house events can be organised at any stage of the design and development process by any of the parties. They can last from a few hours to several weeks. The organisers will be present to deal with queries and engage in informal debate. Material collected will be analysed afterwards and used to further develop the initiative.
An Open House therefore promotes a relaxed atmosphere and enables staff to tailor responses according to the needs/questions of the public. This allows for sensitive topics to be discussed as well as developing links for the future.
However, there is the potential for a lack of clarity in purpose. An Open House can also be very staff resource intensive.

Attribute Value
Phase of decision makingPhase not specified
Number of Stakeholders Involved>100
Participation LevelInform
Frequency of meetingsOne time event (many iterations)
Level of decision-makingLocal
Combination of StakeholdersPublic
Implementer of the toolImplementer
The tool supports the following objectivesCapacity building/ learning
Trust and understanding
Transparency

References

Abelson, J. e. (2001). Deliberations about Deliberation: Issues in the Design and Evaluation of Public Consultation Processes. Hamilton: McMasters Universtity.
Community Planning.Net. (2012). Retrieved from Community Planning.Net

Links

http://www.communityplanning.net/methods/open_house_event.php

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