NCDD’s Engagement Streams Framework Great for Beginners Highly Recommended

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Sandy Heierbacher and other members of the D&D; community. 2005.


NCDD’s Engagement Streams Framework helps people decide which dialogue and deliberation method(s) are most appropriate for their circumstance. The framework is a series of two charts that categorize the D&D; field into four streams based on intention or purpose (Exploration, Conflict Transformation, Decision Making, and Collaborative Action), and show which of the most well-known methods have proven themselves effective in which streams. The second chart also outlines 20 dialogue and deliberation methods, and includes information such as size of the group and how participants are selected.

This resource is a collaborative work-in-progress, initially developed to help inform workshops that Sandy Heierbacher presented in October 2005 with Tonya Gonzalez (at Study Circles' national conference) and Jan Elliott (at the Canadian Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation), and a beginner's toolkit that NCDD is in the process of developing. Feel free to use this data, and to contribute to this effort.

The framework depicted in these charts is designed to help those who are new to D&D navigate the range of options that are available to them and make design choices that are appropriate for their circumstance and resources.  We expect that these charts will also help more seasoned D&D practitioners gain a better understanding of where their own experience resides on the continuum, and what methods they may want to learn more about depending on the needs of their clients and communities.

This framework is based in part on much of the work that was already out there and available that had to do with categorizing the field and diagnosing which methods were most appropriate for different circumstances.  All of the scholars and practitioners whose work was utilized to develop this framework (Barnett Pearce, Hal Saunders, Patricia Wilson, Tom Atlee, Matt Leighninger, Archon Fung, etc.) have been contacted for their feedback on the charts.  Many of them have been providing ongoing feedback as we develop and rework these charts.

NCDD's Engagement Streams Framework was featured in the May 2006 issue of IAP2's Participation Quarterly publication. It is also included in a book the United Nations Development Program is working on, and is described in Sandy Heierbacher's chapter on D&D in the 2nd Edition of The Change Handbook. It has also been used by numerous D&D practitioners to help communities understand their options.

Be sure to use 8.5 x 14″ paper if you print the PDF document linked to below or the Excel version of the framework. Note that the Excel version was recently updated to include active links for the methods as a bunch of you requested.

You can also download a helpful handout we provide when we present the framework, which lists the methods on the processes chart and directs people to the best place online for finding out more about the model, getting assistance, or obtaining training in the method.

This framework is a collaborative work-in-progress, so please do let us know how you think we can improve the charts by emailing [email protected].

Categories: Dialogue, Deliberation & Deliberative Democracy, D&D; Community / Movement, Conflict Transformation & Peacebuilding, Collaborative Problem-Solving & Governance, Interest Areas, Planning Phase, Facets of D&D; Work, Main Category

Topics: Great Handouts, Tools for D&D; and Collaboration, Resources and Services of Note for NCDDers, NCDD Resources, Main Meta Category, Great Tools & Resources for Public Managers, Tools That Make Sense of the Field

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