A mural, a large drawing on the wall, can be used to collect data from a group of people about the current situation, their experiences using a service, or their perspectives on the outcomes from a project.

In a simple version, people are invited to add a drawing that communicates their experience or perspective to a large sheet of paper that has been attached to a wall or laid on the floor or ground. They may choose to draw alone or to add to what other people have drawn. When everyone has had an opportunity to contribute to the drawing, everyone sits or stands around it and is given an opportunity to talk about what they have drawn.

The drawings can prompt rich discussion and provide entry points into important but sensitive issues. In a ‘rotating mural’, after everyone has had a chance to create their initial mural, they rotate positions and add to the drawing done by someone else. After they have moved several times (perhaps back to the start), there is a discussion of the issues raised, including the additions that have been made to the drawings.


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