PHN 655 Grand Canyon University Participatory Learning and Action Tools Analysis

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Participatory Learning and Action Tools

Assessment Description

Participatory learning and action (PLA) tools are used to engage communities in a process of shared decision-making around their strengths and assets. Action steps are often identified by the group to make social, economic, or environmental changes in their community. Select and practice one of the following participatory learning and action tools:

  1. Community asset map
  2. Holistic worldview analysis
  3. Appreciative inquiry interview
  4. Problem tree analysis (also called diagramming)
  5. Photovoice

Guides on how to facilitate the tools are described in the community engagement and PLA resources in the topic Resources. Identify an individual or group of individuals with whom you are currently working as part of your job, service, volunteerism, or family. Review the selected tool and become familiar with the process and purpose of the tool prior to facilitating it with your selected individual or group.

In a 1,000-1,250-word essay, discuss the following:

  1. What tool did you select and why did you select it instead of the other options?
  2. What cultural insight did you learn based on the individual or group you selected? Include a brief description of the individual or group you engaged for this
  3. What challenges did you identify in facilitating the tool?
  4. Discuss how the participants responded to the tool regarding their participation and shared decision-making. Consider how PLA tools are focused on building the
    capacity of people versus projects or programs.
  5. A Health in All Policies approach, which include economic and environmental factors, is important in addressing the interconnectedness of health factors to support holistic transformation. Discuss how this community engagement approach through such a tool is useful for assessing a Health in All Policies approach. In addition, consider how this approach is effective in reducing health disparities by addressing economic and environmental issues through community mobilization and assets. Review the website and introductory report on “Health in All Policies,” by the American Public Health Association (APHA), and “What You Need to Know About Health in All Policies,” by the World Health Organization (WHO), located in the topic Resources for additional insight.

Some Resources    

key-messages-en.pdf ( 

Generic Processes of Appreciative Inquiry – The Center For Appreciative Inquiry 

Chapter 3. Assessing Community Needs and Resources | Section 20. Implementing Photovoice in Your Community | Main Section | Community Tool Box (

M0053_PACA_cover.indd ( 

H:finhandbk.wpd (

The Ten Seed Technique (

BibliU – Reader 

Microsoft Word – A Basic Guide to ABCD Community Organizing.docx ( 

View of Review Essay: Tyranny/Transformation: Power and Paradox in Participatory Development | Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research ( 

Tool Kit | Resources | ABCD Institute | DePaul University, Chicago 

Global public health starts at home: upstream approaches to global health training – The Lancet Global Health 

Introduction to Upstream – YouTube 

The Lazy Person’s Guide to Saving the World – United Nations Sustainable Development 

Appreciative Inquiry – YouTube 

Health in All Policies ( 

Reflections on cultural humility ( 

To Address Pressing Public Health Issues, Look Upstream | Health Affairs

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