Our work is based on a participatory appraisal model that uses visual tools and a learning approach where each step of the consultation process helps to design the next step.

Using these tools we can obtain information from groups where traditional consultation methods, for example formal interviews or questionnaires, may fail.

A major advantage of using this method of consultation is that it enables everyone to share and contribute their skills and experience.

Participatory appraisal uses a creative learning process where people become involved in a cycle of activity that puts them at the centre of the decision making process. This approach can be particularly affective in supporting individuals or groups to plan for the future.