Our work in Shaping health has raised some principles that appear to be common to practice that builds social power and participation in health and health systems.
These are expressed in 10 key messages. Select the number to open the different key messages.
The stories of change below provide information on practices that demonstrate the principles and learning in the different key messages. Keep watching- we have started with a few of the many stories we have and every month we are adding more!
Participatory processes grow and deepen through strategic review and learning from action and experience. They thus demand opportunities for all involved to reflect on the progress achieved and what this means for their analysis, methods and actions.
While evidence is often gathered to build policy, funder and management support, evidence gathered through participatory approaches is vital to support constructive criticism, strategic review and learning from action. From the outset this should recognise and value a mix of social, system, service and health outcomes, the time they take to emerge and the different ways they are gathered and measured, as described in the report. Such evidence can build confidence in shared progress in those involved, and shows the contribution of social power and participation in health.