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Participation and co-production best practice

Participation resources and tools

These resources and tools can help professionals make co-production as successful as possible.

How to get views

You could use:

  • Mentimeter interactive presentation software to create polls, quizzes and word clouds. It also enables you to ask questions and get quick answers from your group using smart devices for an interactive experience. Free limited trial available
  • Mind Of My Own products help young people aged 4-25-years-old to share their views, wishes and feelings. There are three apps available with different functions. The Express app is for people with SEND and younger people. They can share views, wishes and feelings using pictures, less words and sounds
  • Poll Me Everywhere enables you to host interactive online meetings. You can get feedback in real time with a variety of activities, and add polls to your presentation slides
  • Typeform enables you to create forms and surveys. You can pick a template or create your own and use the built-in photo and video libraries to bring questions to life
  • Slido is an easy-to-use question, answer and polling app. It that allows people to give their ideas anonymously, making it easier to speak up, ask questions and give their views. The basic plan is free

How to share ideas

  • Book Creator is a tool for creating and publishing a book to tell a story. There are 50 fonts to choose from, you can add images or photos, drop in video, music or even record voices. It could be used by people who want to share information about themselves. The book could be shared in an annual review or when a young person is moving to a new class, school or college. There is a free individual package
  • Padlet is a digital whiteboard which is useful for sharing ideas virtually. You can select from a range of backgrounds and formats for displaying content. It can be shared with one or more people. It could be used in a virtual annual review meeting. Everyone could share their ideas about what they like, what is going well, what is not working and what needs to change
  • Google Jamboard¬†is a collaborative digital whiteboard for sharing ideas. Up to 25 people can work on it at one time. You can write and add sticky notes, images and webpages to create your virtual whiteboard
  • Miro Online Whiteboard is a free and simple to use online whiteboard to support sharing  ideas. You can pick a template, share and then start adding images, files and digital sticky notes

How to get to know people in a group or meeting

  • Skribbl Io is a fun online drawing and guessing website which could be used as an icebreaker
  • ChatterPix Kids is an app that can make anything talk. Simply take a photo of pets, books or doodles, draw a line to make a mouth, and record your voice. It could be use as a fun icebreaker activity to help a child relax. Free to download on the App Store
  • Wordwall enables you to create your own fun activities such as quizzes, match ups and word games. A useful icebreaker tool