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Finding a fresh perspective on your community

Agenda: The Day of the Visit

While traveling to the partner community:

  • Tell Team Members what town they will be visiting. On the Assessment Guide, note if any Team Member has visited the community before.
  • Make sure each team member receives an Assessment Guide, an invitation to the community (see appendix for a sample “invitation to the visiting Swap team”), pencil, clipboard, and pocket sized notepad.
  • Remind Team Members to save receipts if lunches will be reimbursed.
  • Give photographers color slide film and a copy of the Photo Log (included in the appendix). You will need a description of each photo to use in the report and slide presentation.
  • Review the entire Assessment Guide and the Slide Checklist.
  • Assign sites (such as the downtown, school, parks, or special housing) to Team Members and review the corresponding section of the Assessment Guide. Each section of the Assessment Guide must have at least one response.
  • Each team member will complete the first section of the Assessment Guide.
  • Remind Team Members to be discreet when asking questions. The Swap is more effective if people don't know the community is being evaluated.
  • Remind Team Members to identify positive and negative features of the community. Both positive and negative impressions will be important to share.

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