Social Planning Principles

The step-by-step process you are about to embark on is based on evidence and empirical research that has also revealed a platform of principles that are intended to guide the process as much as the ultimate delivery of community building initiatives.

  • Partnership approach. Broad and deep collaboration across all levels of government, community service providers, developers and residents is essential.
  • Community involvement. Residents to be involved as soon as possible in all decision-making processes.
  • Innovative. 'Thinking outside the box' encourages the development of creative and often more relevant and affordable local solutions addressing specific community need and requiring the partners to share knowledge, resources and funding.
  • Asset-based placemaking. The provision of dedicated place makers to gather community aspirations, strengths and capacities and to facilitate the development of community building initiatives.
  • Flexible and inclusive. One size does not fit all partnerships or communities. Communities are diverse and change over time, which requires flexible and inclusive responses.
  • Prevention focus. Prevention-focused programs delivered with universal services arrests the development of issues that can become entrenched and therefore difficult and costly to reverse.
  • Early delivery of community building initiatives. Early delivery of community building initiatives ensures the prevention of issues arising as well as early intervention and resolution when they do.
  • Sustainable. Sustainable models of partnership and delivery to be developed to ensure the process continues over the long-term.
  • Evaluation. Ongoing monitoring and evaluation is essential to ensure that communities are benefiting from the processes established and that those processes continue to be relevant.

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