Process Pathway

The Process Pathway uses the structure of the Process Circles figure. It provides a guide for practitioners in negotiating the process of making a significant impact upon a designated locale, such as a city, a town or an urban region. Linked to guidelines for each of the stages, the Pathway provides a broad management overview that can be used for small or big projects. It can be used to guide a focussed and discrete project or to frame a general sustainability plan that includes many sub-projects. The Process Pathway is in this sense a meta-tool — a toolbox for organizing the relationship between our other tools.

The Process Pathway logically begins with ‘commitment’ and then ‘engagement’, but the Pathway can be entered at any stage. Each of the seven stages is divided into a series of four phases, organized in a logical sequence of activities as part of the broader Circles of Social Life approach. The various phases of the Process Pathway are linked to associated tools and methods. These tools are designed as part of an integrated, cross-referenced set that can be used as a comprehensive guide or as singular tools, each of which can be taken out of the toolbox and used with or without reference to the other tools.

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Click here for a downloadable PDF (2.9 MB) explaining the Process Pathway. Linked to the Process Pathway there is a software system — the Circles of Sustainability Assessment Tool — developed through support from the Australian Research Council. The software provides a means for assessing a project against the four domains of the Profile Circles, and for choosing issues and indicators to measure a sustainability project over time.

Follow this link to view the beta version of the Assessment Tool. Please note you will directed to another address and asked to register to use the tool.

Stages and Phases

Move your cursor over the Circle to see the phases associated with each stage.

Process Pathways are organized in an iterative process with defined stages of activity: commitment, engagement, assessment, definition, implementation, measurement, and communication. Each of the seven process stages is divided into a series of four phases, organized in a logical sequence of activities as part of the broader Circles of Social Life approach. The various phases of the pathway are linked to associated tools and methods. These tools are designed as part of an integrated, cross-referenced set that can be used as a comprehensive guide or as singular tools, each of which can be taken out of the toolbox and used with or without reference to the other tools.

STAGE PHASE ACTION TOOL
COMMIT Affirm commitment to making a difference
Establish management structure
Choose framing considerations Choose general issue
Choose general objectives
Choose spatial and temporal frame
Resource the project
ENGAGE

Consult key constituent groups and individuals
Entrust collaborators and form a critical reference group
Empower local communities Seek critical community feedback
Adjust chosen objectives
Accord recognition to partners
ASSESS Determine knowledge and resources Determine local knowledge Knowledge Profile Process
Determine strengths and weaknesses
Determine contested social themes Social Themes Process
Analyse data and documents Analyze existing existing public data
Analyze existing policy documents and research
Analyze existing indicators
Research social context Research community responses Social Life Questionnaire
Research urban context Urban Profile Process
Research individual responses Interview Process
Project outcomes Project future scenarios Scenarios Projection Process
Project program scenarios Intelligent Cities Simulator
DEFINE

Clarify definitions, forces and risks Clarify general issue and objective(s) Issue Definition Process, Part I
Clarify materiality considerations
Clarify driving forces and risks
Identify critical issues and indicators Identify critical issues and objectives
Resolve tensions between objectives
Identify core indicators; choose targets Issue Definition Process, Part II
Refine project parameters
Review project plans
IMPLEMENT Authorize the plan
Enable project support
Liaise with constitutents
Revise the plan periodically
MEASURE Monitor indicators
Document project implementation
Reassess profiles and processes
Reassess Social Life Questionnaire, and evaluate changes
Reassess Urban Profile and evaluate changes
Reassess Social Themes Profile and evaluate changes
Reassess Knowledge Profile and evaluate changes
Reassess Strengths and Weakness Profile, evaluate changes
Reassess Social Themes Process and evaluate changes
Reassess Scenarios Planning Process and evaluate changes
Reassess Intelligent Cities Simulator and evaluate changes
Evaluate project
COMMUNICATE

Translate themes and learning
Publicize the process and outcomes of the project
Report to all constituents and relevant agencies
Advise communities and all levels of government


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