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 +# A tour of the Guide
 +
 +The start of the guide is a mixture of theory and practice which
 +signposts readers to topics and methods for participation [in the
 +A-Z](AZparticl). It doesn'​t read like a step-by-step manual or
 +cookbook for several reasons:
 +
 +-   Every situation is different, and while there are some common
 +    guidelines and pitfalls, you have to work out your own menu and
 +    which recipes are appropriate.
 +-   ​Effective and successful participation is about style and approach
 +    as much as particular recipes.
 +-   ​Different methods suit different people.
 +
 +Theory
 +------
 +
 +The main theoretical ideas are summarised under [10 key ideas for
 +participation.](ideas) For example:
 +
 +-   I have adapted Sherry Arnstein'​s idea of a ladder of participation
 +    in which the rungs are different levels of participation that
 +    authorities may allow to citizens. Are people being manipulated,​ or
 +    offered some control over their lives?
 +-   ​Perhaps the most important issues then are who's who - and who
 +    decides. Who controls the money, the design of projects, how
 +    services are run? What are the different interests in the community?
 +    And who decides their levels on the ladder? These are the
 +    stakeholders.
 +-   This guide is written mainly for people - here termed
 +    practitioners - who have to make those decisions and work with the
 +    different interests.
 +-   This participation process takes place over time, and four main
 +    phases are identified: initiation, preparation,​ participation,​
 +    continuation.
 +-   ​Different interests may seek different levels of participation,​ and
 +    be involved at different phases of participation.
 +-   The commitment - or apathy - of different interests will depend
 +    mainly on the ownership they have of any ideas, and the involvement
 +    they are offered in putting ideas into practice.
 +
 +This theory is developed in more detail in later sections:\
 + [A Framework for participation](frame) brings together the ideas
 +about levels, phases and stakeholders.\
 +\
 + ​[Where do you stand?​](stance) develops each of the levels in more
 +detail, with guidelines on when each may be most appropriate,​ and the
 +methods you might use.\
 +\
 + [It takes time](time) explores the phases of the process from
 +initiation through to continuation,​ and places strong emphasis on the
 +need for preparation before you start participation proper.\
 +\
 + ​[Signposts from theory to practice](theory) identifies some common
 +issues and questions which keep cropping up in participation processes,
 +and uses them to provide some signposts to topics and techniques in the
 +*A-Z section*. Signposts is the most complex of the sections, and is
 +included so that you see the ideas which underlie the other sections.
 +
 +Practice
 +--------
 +
 +The first practical section - [Easy Answers](easy) - comes directly
 +after the [Key Ideas](ideas) to provide some light relief and a
 +flavour of the difficulties that off-the-shelf recipes can produce.
 +Later there are two sections which offer practical suggestions:​\
 +\
 + ​[Guidelines on how to.](howto).. provides some overall guidelines
 +for participation,​ then deals with the main tasks in the participation
 +process from the point of view of someone planning and managing the
 +process.
 +
 +The A-Z
 +-------
 +
 +The [A-Z section](AZparticl) is a mix of topics and methods which
 +aims to provide a pool of ideas and practical advice to supply more
 +detail for the theory and practice sections.
 +
 +Using the guide
 +---------------
 +
 +The guide is not designed to be read through from front to back - you
 +should be able to dip in to it and find cross-references to other
 +sections which will lead you to areas of interest. There is deliberately
 +quite a lot of repetition to allow for this. However, I suggest:
 +
 +-   Read the sections on [10 Key Ideas](ideas) and the
 +    [Framework](frame) before tackling any of the practical detailed
 +    sections.
 +-   Use [Easy Answers](easy) as a way to find some pointers to key
 +    practical issues in the [A-Z.](AZparticl)
 +-   Only try and use the [Guidelines on how to ..](howto). section
 +    when you feel familiar with most of the rest of the guide.
 +
 +### [On to 10 key ideas about participation](ideas)
  
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