Participatory process management

J. Krywkow, M. Hare

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Although the process of public and stakeholder participation continues to be intensivelyinvestigated and discussed in academic circles, the implementation of participatory methods inpractice remains problematic. This can be attributed to the lack of knowledge transfer on the onehand, and the general underestimation of participatory approaches in planning processes on theother.A possible solution - participatory processmanagement - is introduced in this article. Participatoryprocess management means that all participatory activities are embedded in the overall planningactivities of a project. The most significant criteria for a participatory process are identified as’objectives’, ’constraints’ and ’process’which together forma framework for combining generallyapplicablemethodswith local constraints and the objectives of a project. Themain elements of theparticipatory management framework introduced here are levels and classes of participation and ageneric process scheme includingmonitoring and evaluation of participatory processes. This workis based upon long-term experiences of consultants and scientists. However, the insights fromthe InterReg project TRUST are particularly valuable and confirm the hypotheses that differentwater management projects are comparable in terms of their participatory process performance.The participatory management framework is a step forward in closing the gap between scientificknowledge about participatory methods and their applicability in practice.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the iEMSs Third Biennial Meeting: "Summit on Environmental Modelling and Software"
Subtitle of host publicationInternational Environmental Modelling and Software Society, 7-10 July 2008, Barcelona, Catalonia
Editors Sánchez-Marré M., Béjar J., Comas J., Rizzoli A.E., Guariso G.
PublisherInternational Environmental Modelling and Software Society (iEMSs)
ISBN (Print)978-84-7653-074-0
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jul 2008
Event4th Biennial Meeting of International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software, iEMSs 2008: Integrating Sciences and Information Technology for Environmental Assessment and Decision Making - Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 7 Jul 200810 Jul 2008
Conference number: 4


Conference4th Biennial Meeting of International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software, iEMSs 2008
Abbreviated titleiEMSs
Internet address


  • METIS-248966


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