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Using Participatory Mapping to Explore Participation in the Voluntary Sector . Eddie Cowling (Involve) Researcher on the Pathways Through Participation project. What is a map?. Maps come in many forms Maps are socially constructed Conventionalised Shaped by political, economic, social

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Using Participatory Mapping to Explore Participation in the Voluntary Sector

Eddie Cowling (Involve) Researcher on the Pathways Through Participation project


What is a map?

  • Maps come in many forms

  • Maps are socially constructed

  • Conventionalised

  • Shaped by political, economic, social

    and cultural discourses of the time

  • Appealing means of communication

  • Can represent time

  • Relational

  • Reflect the map-maker’s worldview


Participatory Mapping

  • Draws on valuable local knowledge

  • Recognises local people are capable research collaborators

  • Encourages diverse involvement

  • Fosters empowerment

  • Literacy and geography skills not essential


Community mapping in India to help decide where a well and latrines should be placed

www.wateraid.org


Participatory mapping exercise in Kent, UK, exploring support needed by fathers to better engage in their children's’ lives

http://www.enginegroup.co.uk


How are we going to use PM?

Pathways Through Participation

  • The project will explore how and why people get involved and stay involved in different forms of participation over the course of their lives.

  • Participation means many things to many different people. The project will look at participation in a very broad sense and consider the act of taking part in a wide range of social or civic activities.


How are we going to use PM?

  • First stage of data collection: gauge the range of opportunities and activities for voluntary engagement in the local area and beyond.

  • Several mapping sessions in each community

  • Explore the mapping process, not just the maps themselves

  • Maps will aid the preparation of the second phase of the research...


Key Factors...

  • Practical considerations

    • Format

    • GIS

    • Participant recruitment

    • Encouraging participation across the group

    • Time capacity

    • Participant responsibility

      To ensure success:

  • Commitment to collaboration

  • Dissemination and follow-up action plan


Second phase...

  • In-depth interviews, supplemented by the maps, and maybe...

  • Photo elicitation?

  • Timelines?

  • Walking interviews?


We are new to Participatory Mapping, so...

  • Has anyone had any experience of participatory mapping?

  • Any advice?

  • Any comments or questions?

    To find out more about the Pathways project www.pathwaysthroughparticipation.org.uk


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