How you work on a place-based approach will depend on many things, such as your existing relationship with community, where the place-based approach sits on the continuum of place-based approaches, and what level of resourcing you have to do this work. Your activities may look different in each community, but this section of the Guide and Toolkit explores some of the activities QCOSS engage in when supporting a place-based approach in a region. These actions tend to happen in broad phases, however, it is important to note that these ‘phases’ do not necessarily follow each other in a truly linear fashion.

These include:

  1. growing understanding of place
  2. finding shared vision
  3. building a plan for change
  4. enabling local collaborative governance
  5. enacting the plan
  6. reviewing and renewing.

Remember the process is always guided by the principles of place-based approaches.

This diagram visually represents the process of place-based approaches. There is one large light blue circle at the centre of the diagram, with two smaller teal circles on the outside. The first smaller teal circle is above the top of the large circle and says growing understanding of place. There are arrows pointing from this circle to the larger circle, and vice versa. This indicates that they need each other. The bigger light blue circle has four smaller circles inside it. There are three smaller teal circles in a triangle shape, with a small circle in the middle in yellow. This larger circle is a cycle of integrated learning. The top circle says finding shared vision. There is an arrow point from this circle to the bottom left circle, which says building a plan for change. There is an arrow from this circle to the bottom right circle, which says enacting the plan. There is an arrow from this circle to the 'finding a shared vision' top circle, as well as a yellow arrow pointing to the bottom right circle outside the larger circle. This last circle on the outside says reviewing and renewing.

Film Clip

Strengthening our place Vignette #7 – What is your advice to communities?