CIRD Coordinator's Manual
Hosting a community workshop is a great way to gather feedback on an issue, and can be catalytic for making changes to improve a community. However, putting together a workshop can be arduous, as it not only requires a great amount of planning and organization, but also conceptualization, collaboration, and outreach. The Citizens' Institute on Rural Design™ created the Coordinator's Manual to guide the coordinator of a CIRD workshop through all components of workshop preparation. However, the manual can be used for producing other community workshops.
The four sections of the manual are dedicated to different aspects of designing a workshop. Workshop Preparation offers examples of types of workshops and agendas, with tips on coordinating logistics, identifying speakers and recruiting participants. The Communications and Participant Recruitment section describes different media options to utilize, as well as strategies for developing a project message and audience. Preparation of Workshop Notebook Materials covers the materials that are needed for hosting an effective workshop, and Post Workshop Follow Up explains how to evaluate the workshop and debrief in order to turn the ideas and plans from the workshop into action.