Think of one of your recent projects that you conducted in the urban space, then analyze it asking yourself the following questions:
- What was the aim of the project? Was it achieved? Why/why not?
- How participatory oriented were your activities?
- How was the idea developed? Have you included your beneficiaries/target groups in the planning/concept generation?
- How involved were the participants? Did they have any tasks during the preparation/implementation/follow-up or their role was just to passively take part in the activities you designed?
- How satisfied were the participants in the end of your project? Did you carry out an evaluation? What were its results?
- What was the long-term impact of your project? Do you think your activities were sustainable?
Analyzing your own projects can significantly help you understand how participatory oriented your organization is and realize who is actually the expert in your activities. It is important to know whether typically the ideas and initiatives are coming from you or directly from your beneficiaries. Once you know this, you can create a plan to improve your future projects.