Using DoView® to plan for a city or region

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Planning for a city or region is complex 

A city or region contains a full range of enterprises, organizations, sectors and activities working at multiple levels. The planning task is almost as complex as attempting to plan for a country as a whole. See more information on visual outcomes planning for all aspects of local government.

The rapid decent into documentation overload

Anyone who has done such planning (or read such planning documentation) knows that multiple levels of documentation end up being produced. The question ‘where can I find information on so-and-do?’ inevitably invites the response: ‘you just need to look on page 324 within the table inside the annex to the third set of planning documentation’. It works for those who have plenty of time on their hands to wade through the documentation. Of course, there are always attempts to provide glossy overviews for the public. However they are necessarily struck at such a level of generality that they don't provide a technical framework for priority and discussions amongst decision-makers and stakeholders. 

Is there a faster way of getting a helicopter view plus drill-down

A DoView® Results Roadmap™ of the city or region’s outcomes and the proposed means of achieving them, provides the simple but not simplistic missing tool in city and regional planning.

Argue about outcomes, determine priorities, key indicators and more

The ultimate purpose of planning for a city or region is to be able to define a 'success story’ that most stakeholders and citizens will sign up to, figure out what needs to happen to get there, and have a robust discussion about immediate priorities and strategies. A DoView® Results Roadmap for a city or region provides a visual respresentation of this potential success story. The arguments and discussion about strategy and priorities are then focused directly onto this visual model. 

What a city or region DoView® Results Roadmap looks like

Below is an overview of a poster version of a DoView Results Roadmap for a city. The models is made up of high-level helicopter view with multiple drill-down pages below it. The high level shows an overview of the drill-down boxes in the model. There is a blue drill-down box for innovation, leadership, policies, finance and business; a yellow drill-down box for revitalised infrastructure, buildings and environment; and a pink drill-down box for vibrant people, institutions and social sectors.  When you drill-down to these pages there is another level of drill-down below the. This drill-down structure means you can get a helicopter plus drill-down view of the model. 

Going through the process of building the model ensures that decision-makers need to consider both outcomes and the pathways needed to achieve those outcomes. The outcomes model can then be used for a range of planning-related processes. These include: discussing possible priorities with stakeholders; setting priorities; having a standard framework for specifying the outcomes of specific projects; identifying indicators; identifying the accountabilities of different parties; and identifying how to measure the impact of different projects on outcomes. 

When built within DoView® software you are able to click through the various levels of a Results Roadmap like this as you can with this example which is from a different sector (a mental health service).

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Below is a poster version of the individual drill-down pages below the pink drill-down on vibrant people, institutions and social sectors.  

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How to use the approach

DoView® Results Roadmaps are built in DoView® visual planning software which is used in 50+ countries. Download a trial copy of the software and play around with a template. Apply the methodology for planning, performance management and proving impact. Interested in using the approach? Contact us now to let us know how you might like to use it and we’ll show you how you can make your job easier by using visual planning.

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