ParEvo enables participants to creatively think about alternative futures, and how they do that thinking (meta-cognition). It’s also a prompt to consider ways of responding to possible futures to exploit or mitigate the consequences.
It could be used at different stages of a project, during planning, implementation or evaluation. At the planning stage it would help think through different scenarios that the project might have to deal with. During implementation, it could provide a mix of both scenario analysis and interpretation of history. At the evaluation stage it might provide different versions of the project history, for external evaluators to look at.
Outcomes can be both cognitive (e.g. how we think about the future) and behavioural (e.g. how we respond to the future).
The process is designed to be used by multiple people, to produce a collective good – a set of storylines. It generates data on the structure of participation – how people have collaborated to produce storylines. Participants are anonymous and can choose the extent to which they collaborate with others. Participants are also able to tag, comment on, and evaluate the storylines that are generated.