Information Gathering Activity


An activity that collects view about geographical areas

*You will need a clear map of the area you want to assess the impact of your work on, dots, flags or post it notes.

Example of how to use it:

If the intended outcome of your service is to ensure that a range of community members participate in a range of activities then you might use these performance measures.

Performance measure- Community member report that they feel more involved in their community.

Time: 10 minutes

Why do we like it?

People get to move around, it allows a range of views, it should be non-confrontational.
How does it work?

  • Explain that the line across the floor represents a continuum of views. One end represents a particular view and the other the opposing views, any point along the line can be used to show a degree of opinion.

  • Explain that one end of the line represents the view point ‘I am very involved in my community’ and that the other end represents ‘I am not involved in my community at all’
  • Ask the group to stand on the line to show their view. You can record this on paper or by taking a photo.

Complete this before and after a project and measure how much each person has moved along the line.

How to adapt it?
You can use string rather than a line on the floor, this can be more appropriate for people with physical or sensory impairments. You can draw the line on paper and ask people to mark their position.
If you are only able to measure at the end of the process then you can ask people how much more involved in their community they now feel.

Why it works
Getting people moving keeps their brains awake, people can chose and justify their own point on the line rather than fitting with your pre- set values.

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