Small workshops can be conducted through a variety of methods, but the purpose should be to engage stakeholders within a two-way conversation, unlike traditional consultation which is generally one-way. Tasks such as: wishing trees, draw your neighbourhood, traffic light analysis are all suitable.
These types of workshops are well suited for data collection, to demonstrate a need for projects. They are also perfect for creating connections and forming partnerships within communities. However, all engagement must be conducted considerately to ensure the connections established are meaningful. It is important not to deter stakeholders during this process, which could have a negative impact upon future engagement.
Smaller workshops can be conducted at anytime within a project, however they are most suitable in the early stages of a project, when there is a greater need for creating connections and partnerships between groups.
These workshops do not require specialists, unlike other workshops. However it is important to ensure those conducted the workshops are engaging and enthusiastic in order to achieve the best outcomes.
Small workshops are highly flexible, they can require as much or as little resources as are available. Workshops can be held in a variety of spaces, included on the streets if there are suitable means to do so. They do not require many materials, only paper, pens and possibly some modelling materials, therefore the budget required for these projects can be quite low.