Making global local: Global design methods, local government strategic planning and the importance of genuine community engagement

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Abstract

In 2021, faced with rolling changes to the rules of community engagement due to COVID restrictions, Port Macquarie-Hastings Council (PMHC), a local government tucked away on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales (NSW), Australia, embarked on the creation of their new Cultural Plan 2021-2025. With NSW State Government legislation requiring local governments to create strategic planning with documented community engagement, an opportunity presented itself for the researchers to work with council and community. In this research, part of a wider study titled ‘The Social is the Thing: Taking a Designerly Approach to Local Government Strategic Planning and Evaluation’, we combined a modified Design Thinking model (Dorst 2011; Wahlin et al. 2022), Co-Design Principles (Blomkamp 2018; McKercher 2020) and Harvard Kennedy School’s (2018) Public Policy Design Arc. Our aim was to explore, firstly, whether this approach might build the capacity of both council staff and community representatives in the use of design methods for strategic planning, and secondly, whether it could provide a framework of genuine community engagement for council staff. This paper discusses how and why these approaches were adapted for a local government to create the ‘SITT Model’ and how council staff and community representatives responded to the process.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages22
JournalPolicy Design and Practice
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 12 Nov 2022

Grant Number

  • 66818

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