Information Gathering Activity

 

A brilliant visual way of getting your group to think about before and after

 
*You will need copies of the equalizer hand out, which you will find in the resources section or a large version drawn up.
 

Example of how to use it:


Crime / Community Safety / Perception of the area
If an intended outcome of your service is to ensure that crime and perception of crime are low and that people do not move out of the area then you might use these performance measures.

Performance measure- Residents report higher satisfaction levels with the area
 

Time: 10 minutes

 
Why do we like it?

Easy to use in a drop-in setting and also to adapt to workshop setting, it looks good.
 
How does it work?

  • Write up a copy of the Equaliser Chart on a large piece of wallpaper with the questions you wish to ask.

  • Give your participant some post its. Get them to place one post it on the volume scale to show where they feel the answer is to this question at the moment.

  • Now ask the participant to agree where they would like post it to be.

  • Repeat this for each question.

  • Now get them to write their name on a card and take a photo of the answers for this person with the name in the picture.

  • Questions you might use:

      1.There is a problem with anti social behaviour in my area
      2.I am happy living here
      3.I am proud to be from here
      4.There is a good level of community spirit in the area

 
Measuring
This activity is very straight forward to measure and gives you a clear distance travelled response.

 
How to adapt it?
This activity can be done on A4 sheets using sticky dots instead of post its. It’s still nice to use the wall paper version to share between each other what the general consensus is, but the A4 sheets can be kept to record the individuals answers.

At the end of project if the measure is not at the level the group hoped it would be you can ask why and incorporate responses into future planning.

 
Why it works
It is a very engaging image; it is easy to record and straight forward to measure.


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