VIPP - Visualization in Participatory Programs
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VIPP or visualization tool, helps individuals to better develop ideas in a team environment and opens up individuals to a broader spectrum of views, issues and points of view. This tool helps to create a more collaborative environment which encourages discussion and reflection through visual incentives. This tool is suited for peer-learning processes and collective discussions.

Description of the tool

VIPP is a visualization method for getting information from participants and feedback.VIPP as mentioned in title stands for the Visualisations in Participatory Programmes also called card clustering, which consists of giving users a blank canvas, paper, card on which they can express an idea regarding a topic using simple words, diagrams ,drawings . Giving each member of team/ audience an idea of what each member sees as an issue, topic or as a talking point. Creating a broad platform of which the facilitator/host can use to facilitate and move the conversation to a fruitful goal.

Steps of application

VIPP or Card clustering can be applied in medium-sized groups , around 14-20 people are ideal, bigger groups can be divided to effectively perform the task.VIPP is giving each team a way to communicate with one another, by going over a talking point be it a question a topic or an issue. the facilitator/host mentions the talking point and ideas are gathered on blank canvases ( like cards, sticky notes or whiteboard). Afterwards grouped together a.k.a clustered based on their relationships(how similar they are, related to one another) .And Finally discussed, labelled and delved into in-depth.Giving each member of the team opportunity to speak and get their ideas heard out. Tools needed: 1.Board or some surface 2.Sticky notes or Paper Cards 3.Markers For Online use - Miro, Figma or Mural can be utilises When To be Applied: 1.For Brainstorm Sessions 2.In groups with diverse cultures and social standings Steps: 1.Start by introducing the talking point( Question, Issue, Topic) 2.Distributing the cards (can be done prior as well) usually 3 cards per participant. -users can be given instructions on how to perform this task as, to carefully select all words , one-word idea per card 3.The participants write down and gather their ideas 4.The Host/facilitator asks members to show and place their cards on some surface(whiteboard, window, floor) visible to all and reads out each of the cards 5.Each card is read and discussed by participators and afterwards grouped 6.Afterwards each group is labelled and discussed further


5. Background (500 words) Developed in Latin America and Germany and based on vital works from Paulo Feire, Orlando Fals Borda & Eberhard Schnnelle .Card Clustering or VIPP has been around for more than 40 years and is widely used around the world by NGO’s ,Universities and other organizations , being a part of UNICEF Toolkit for years now .Has proven its effectivity and has been adapted for online use during the COVID Pandemic .

Context of origin

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