It’s important to think carefully about how you want people to influence and participate in your work. Planning is an essential aspect of this.
Your plan needs to break down each activity you want to do, so you can think about it in depth.
Why is planning so important in lived experience work?
For people with lived experience, good planning leads to more meaningful and influential involvement. Planning can be the difference between participants taking part in a single activity, and feeling motivated to participate more often, or not taking part again.
Effective planning leads to more confident staff and better opportunities. This can build relationships that positively shape people's perceptions of your organisation.
Learn how to set out the scope and purpose of your lived experience work, and check out our resources to help you with scoping.
Read how to manage people's expectations when they're taking part in your opportunity.
See our list of things to think about when developing a lived experience opportunity.
See our tips for recruiting and selecting people to take part in lived experience work.
Check out our tips and resources for paying people who take part in lived experience work.
Learn why diversity and difference is so important in lived experience work.
Tools for planning influence and participation opportunities
This tool helps those interested to tell you about themselves. It will help you make informed decisions about who should take part.
Creating a group agreement
If you're asking people to join a focus group or discussion event, a group agreement lets everyone know where they stand and helps to create a safe space for openness and honesty. If you're setting up a regular forum, make sure you have some terms of reference to make sure people have clear expectations.
Developing your opportunity
To make sure you're taking everything into account when planning your activity, you might find this 'Developing your opportunity' template useful. It takes you through all the things you need to consider to promote your opportunity and attract the people you want to reach.