Through the use of pictures, video or audio representations, maps or models, displays and exhibits can be used to draw attention to certain issues and assist in community engagement.
"Displays can be interactive, and can be used as part of a forum, workshop, exhibition, conference or other event. Displays and exhibits can include feedback opportunities such as blank sheets with one-line questions, and can include drawings, models, posters, or other visual and audio representations relevant to community issues and interests. Interactive displays can include ‘post-it’ ideas boards, maps for people to make their most and least favourite buildings or spaces, and flip charts or blank posters for comments and questions.
Displays and exhibits develop more concrete concepts of proposals or developments, and, where these provide options for interaction, provide public opinions and feedback that can be incorporated into the planning and decision making process. "
Advice for choosing this method
- Focuses public attention on an issue.
- Can create interest from media groups and lead to increased coverage of the issue.
- Allows for different levels of information sharing.
- Provides a snapshot of opinions and community issues based on feedback.
This advice comes from the Department of Sustainability and Environment (2005), Book 3: The Engagement Toolkit. Effective Engagement: building relationships with community and other stakeholders, The Community Engagement Network Resource and Regional Services Division Victorian Government Department of Sustainability and Environment.
Advice for using this method
- The public must be motivated to attend.
- Needs a facilitator to encourage involvement and written feedback.
- Can damage the project’s reputation if not done well.
Page 33 of this resource provides a detailed description and advice for using this method, its estimated costs, skills level and resources required.
Department of Sustainability and Environment (2005), Book 3: The Engagement Toolkit.Effective Engagement: building relationships with community and other stakeholders, The Community Engagement Network Resource and Regional Services Division Victorian Government Department of Sustainability and Environment. Retrieved from http://www.dse.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/105825/Book_3_-_The_Engagement_Toolkit.pdf
'Displays and exhibits' is referenced in:
- Communication for Development (C4D) :
- Rainbow Framework :