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CO-CREATE Dialogue Forum Tool

The Dialogue Forum is a novel tool designed to connect youth and decision-makers to co-create solutions for a healthier future. The tool developed as part of the CO-CREATE project provides a framework, and platform for discussions concerning today’s leading issues and to co-create change.

The CO-CREATE Dialogue Forum is an inclusive space for discussion and co-creation across generations and sectors. The free canvas and a five-step process are designed to allow participants to connect with others, discuss an idea or intervention, and collaborate on action. The tool and process, developed for and with young people, promotes youth inclusion and leadership in decision-making.

The Dialogue Forum can be used digitally and as a physical canvas, which means you can host a Dialogue Forum anytime, anywhere. The Dialogue Forum is most useful when you have an idea, policy, or intervention and you want to include different perspectives and insights from across generations to collectively take action to address it.


 

Why was the Dialogue Forum created?

The Dialogue Forum was created to facilitate policy discussions among youth, policymakers, and business representatives in the CO-CREATE project. CO-CREATE is an EU Horizon 2020 project which aims to educate and empower youth to develop policy solutions to build healthy food and physical activity environments. As part of the development process, young people were invited to plan and participate in Dialogue Forums to help refine their ideas and identify actions. Through CO-CREATE, 20 Dialogue Forums were held at the local, national and international levels. The Dialogue Forum tool and Guidebook are based on the learnings of these 20 Dialogues and participants' experiences from around the world. To learn more about the CO-CREATE project, visit here.

Physical tool

The physical Dialogue Forum tool allows people to come together in person to discuss an idea and collaborate on actions.Tables that can accommodate a maximum of six participants and one moderator are used in the Dialogue Forum. Increasing the number of tables used in the Dialogue Forum can scale your event and increase the number of participants who can join the discussion. 

On this page you will find:

  • The Physical Dialogue Forum package: this package contains the Dialogue Forum canvas, moderator cards and other materials. This can either be printed at home using A4 paper or at a professional printing shop.
  • How-to video: descriptive video on how to hold a physical Dialogue Forum. Use this to learn about the physical tool or share with participants before an event.

To learn more about how to hold a physical Dialogue Forum, check out the “Discuss” section of the Guidebook.

Digital tool

The digital Dialogue Forum tool allows you to bring participants from around the world together to discuss an idea and collaborate on actions.The tool can be used on various free and accessible digital platforms including Zoom, Jamboard and Miro. Each breakout room can accommodate a maximum of six participants and one moderator. You can easily scale a digital Dialogue Forum by hosting several breakout rooms.

On this page you will find:

  • The Digital Dialogue Forum package: download the package to access the canvas, digital moderator cards and other materials.  
  • How-to video: descriptive video on how to hold a digital Dialogue Forum. Use this to learn about the digital tool or share with participants before an event.

To learn more about how to hold a digital Dialogue Forum, check out the “Discuss” section of the Guidebook.

Guidebook

This Guidebook has been written for anyone who wants to organize or learn about a Dialogue Forum. It provides practical guidance on planning, executing, and follow-up on a Dialogue. The Guidebook contains three chapters – Plan, Discuss, Act – corresponding to the three stages of a Dialogue Forum. Each section describes the steps needed to execute the stage. These steps are intentional and integrated, meaning they should be followed to ensure a safe and inclusive space for dialogue.  The Discuss chapter also contains a detailed description of the physical and digital Dialogue Forum tools. 

Download it here.

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A Dialogue Forum is an inclusive space for discussion and co-creation across generations and sectors. Using a free canvas and a five-step process, participants are invited to connect with others, discuss an idea or intervention, and collaborate on action. The tool is available digitally and in a physical format, making it accessible across locations and time zones. To learn more about the tool, check out our concept videos and the Guidebook which provides step-by-step instructions on how to organise a Dialogue Forum.

The Dialogue Forum tool was designed to connect participants across ages, sectors, and geographies. While anyone can organize or attend a Dialogue Forum, the target audience is:

  • Young people or youth organisations looking to engage decision-makers to increase awareness and action on an idea.
  • Decisionmakers (policy, private sector, experts) who are looking to engage and meaningfully involve young people in the design, implementation, or evaluation of interventions.

To ensure youth participation is meaningful, young people should make up at least 50% of the total participants. (The United Nations defines youth as persons between 15 and 24 years of age.)

Yes, anyone can organise a Dialogue Forum! The Guidebook provides step-by-step instructions on how to organise a Dialogue Forum and the tools are available to download for free. The digital and physical tool is available for download above.

Yes, you can. It was designed to connect young people and adults, but it can be used with either group. 

There are three stages to organising a Dialogue Forum:  

  • Stage 1: Plan (idea to discuss, inviting participants, training moderators, setting up logistics)  
  • Stage 2: Discuss and hold the Dialogue Forum!  
  • Stage 3: Act (thank participants, share outcomes, take ideas forward) 

Check out our Guidebook for step-by-step instructions on how to organise a Dialogue Forum.  

Yes, you can download the digital tool and the phyiscal tool as a free package on this page!

Yes, you can invite as many participants as you would like. Each canvas was designed to accommodate a maximum of six participants and one moderator. To engage more participants, you can use multiple tables (physical) or breakout rooms (digital). 

You will need an organiser to coordinate the planning, execution, and follow-up of the Dialogue Forum, and participants to engage in the activities, ask questions, contribute to the discussion and commit to action. Moderators are needed to guide participants through the activities and discussion using moderator cards.  Technical support to help the moderators with taking notes of the discussion is encouraged. 

Yes, one person can moderate and participate in the Dialogue at the same time. 

The Dialogue Forum was designed to be 1.5 to 2 hours long. This time gives all participants the opportunity to get to know each other, and the space to contribute equally while exploring the idea or issue in-depth. If you want to hold a shorter Dialogue Forum, you can invite participants to answer the questions from each of the five steps in advance and be prepared to discuss them during the event. 

 You can access a translatable version of the tool by emailing samantha@eatforum.org .  

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