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nexus Academy for Participatory MethodsCompetence in Participation

nexus Academy for Participatory Methods
Competence in Participation

A Department of the nexus Institute for Cooperation Managemnet and Interdisciplinary Research

Since 2007, the nexus Institute for Cooperation Management and Interdisciplinary Research has concentrated its core competencies in participatory methods in its Academy for Participatory Methods (APM).

The nexus Academy for Participatory Methods fosters a culture of participation by offering services in four main areas: Consultation and Conceptualization, Implementation and Moderation, Supervision and Evaluation, and Training and Coaching.

The APM’s services are ideally suited to the needs of people, groups, and organizations working in the fields of politics, administration, economics, citizenship, science, and education, and for all those who are interested in a culture of participation for the collaborative planning of the future.
What sets the nexus Academy for Participatory Methods apart is its ability to connect theory and practice. The APM both trains clients in participatory methods and helps clients implement these methods by combining academic expertise with years of diverse practical experience.

The various participatory methods we offer are deployable in many diverse sectors of society and suitable to many different thematic fields. They are applicable not only to political participation, but also in sectors of social relevance and every-day life, as well as in organizations. All of our methods have been tested in praxis and can be used alone or in combination, depending on the particular needs of the situation.

In addition to more established methods such as the so-called Planning Cells/Citizens’ Reports and Future Workshops, the nexus Academy for Participative Methods also deploys its own methods, including Citizens’ Exhibitions and the Salon Method, and a combination of face-to-face and online participation. All methods make use of the knowledge, experience, and creativity of the participants and focus on information, the formation of opinions, cooperative thinking, learning, and acting. These methods bring together groups of people with different perspectives and interests and make the development of collaborative and sustainable solutions possible.



Consultation and Conceptualization

Participation needs a sensible selection and combination of methods.

Implementation and Moderation

Participation needs professional implementation and unbiased moderation.

Supervision and Evaluation

Participation needs to be documented and evaluated.

Training and Coaching

Participation needs knowledge, practice, and support.


How to Succeed in Network and Target Group Participation

Quality standards are especially important for networks. One such example is the “Quality Framework Frühe Hilfe” from the Nationales Zentrum Frühe Hilfen established in 2016. Dr. Birgit Böhm spoke about this issue at a workshop entitled “Developing Quality in the Frühe Hilfe Network” sponsored by the Behörde für Arbeit, Soziales, Familie und Integration - Amt für Familie und Hamburgische Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Gesundheitsförderung e. V. (HAG). The focus of the workshop was on the answers to questions like: How are successful quality standards developed in the Frühe Hilfe Network? How do I handle the question of quality in network coordination? How can parents be involved in developing quality of services? 


“Democracy 4.0” Article Published

On behalf of the Academy for Good Governance and Empowerment in Europe (AGREE), Dr. Birgit Böhm published an article entitled “Democracy 4.0: Citizen Participation Processes. A German case study.” The article is available in three languages on the AGREE website (English, German, and Ukrainian). Click here to download the article.


Dr. Birgit Böhm on Innovative Combinations of Processes

Dr. Birgit Böhm has published widely on the idea that innovative combinations of processes can be used to link together the advantages of various participatory processes (See her publications here She presented these ideas in a talk entitled “More Courage for Citizen Participation through Process Combination: A Plea for the Combining of Direct, Deliberative, and Parliamentary Democracy” (“Mehr Mut zur Bürgerbeteiligung durch innovative Verfahrenskombinationen. Ein Plädoyer für die Verknüpfung direkter, deliberativer und parlamentarischer Demokratie”) on 16.06.2016 in Potsdam. The Deutsche Institut für Urbanistik difu workshop was entitled “Exchanging Experiences in Participation Culture: Citizen Participation - a Way towards More or Less Direct Democracy?” (“Erfahrungsaustausch Beteiligungskultur: Bürgerbeteiligung - ein Weg zu mehr oder weniger direkter Demokratie?”). Click here to see the presentation as a pdf. Click here for more information about the workshop. 


Lecture “Developing Quality through Participation”

High quality can and should be achieved not only by expert knowledge, but also by including participatory processes. Dr. Birgit Böhm expanded on this thesis during her lecture at the 2nd “Participatory Quality Development ­– Approaches in Prevention and Health Promotion” workshop (“Partizipative Qualitätsentwicklung – ein Ansatz in Gesundheitsförderung und Prävention”) on 01.06.2016 in Düsseldorf. The workshop was presented by the Prävention und Gesundheitsförderung des Landeszentrums Gesundheit Nordrhein-Westfalen professional group. Click here to see the presentation as a pdf and for more information on the workshop.


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