Links & resources

Name Description Link
Dialogue By Design Dialogue Designer uses information the user provides to suggest the most suitable method(s) of engagement. Needs, budget, timeline, advantages, and risks are all considered to suggest particular methods. Case studies of projects are also included for real-life comparisons.
CommunityPlanning.Net Methods The website provides links to various methods for community engagement, and brief summaries of each method. There are full details on a selection of the most effective methods for helping people get involved in physical planning and design.
CommunityPlanning.Net Scenarios Includes a range of scenarios covering some common development situations. Each illustrates one way in which methods can be combined in an overall strategy. Intended for use as inspiration, not as blueprints.
Play the City Play the City uses gaming to engage multiple stakeholders in resolving complex urban challenges. It can be used as a method for collaborative decision-making and conflict resolution.
Go to 2040 Technological tools can also be combined with more overtly artistic tools and planning resources. These can even be implemented as part of an actual plan. For example, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) utilized a variety of creative tools to involve stakeholders with the development of the region’s comprehensive plan, GO TO 2040 (
Planning for Real UK Planning for Real® (PFR) is a nationally recognised community planning process based on a 3D model. The process allows residents to register their views on a range of issues, to work together to identify priorities, and in partnership with local agencies go on to develop an action plan for change.
Wondering what tool to use for a public engagement project? Here’s a list. A blog post that compiles 50 online tools available for community engagement, grouped by use
Commonplace Online platform facilitating community engagement
Future communities For new housing settlments, 2009
Homes & Communities Agency Community Engagement Toolkit For new housing, 2011
Community Planning Toolkit Community planning
Cornwall neighbourhood planning toolkit Neighbourhood Planning
Just Act Forum Activism generally
My Community Resources and advice for all sorts of community activism
iap2 – International Association for Public Participation Website with many public participation resources
Consultation Institute Website with many public participation resources
Involve Website with many public participation resources
Participation Compass Resources and tools for participation
Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI): good practice guide to public engagement in development Good practice guide aimed particularly at those responsible for new housing developments.