The Our Voice Approach


Beginning with neighborhood walks using the Discovery Tool, Citizen Scientists engage in a four-step process to build healthier communities.

Discover

Discover aspects of your community that impact healthy living:

‣ Go on a walk using the Discovery Tool

‣ Take photos and record your thoughts

‣ Think about how your community can be improved

Discuss

Discuss your findings with other citizen scientists:

‣ Share your photos and discover common topics

‣ Prioritize target areas for change

‣ Brainstorm solutions and strategies

‣ Identify stakeholders, policy makers, and other potential allies

Advocate

Advocate for local improvements:

‣ Meet with allies, stakeholders, and/or policy-makers

‣ Present and discuss findings and potential solutions

‣ Agree on action steps

Change

Change your community for the better:

‣ Follow up on action plan

‣ Track activities and results

‣ Evaluate outcomes

‣ Celebrate and share successes!

Our Voice Impact

"This experience has changed my life.  I see inadequacies everywhere I go as it relates to pedestrian access and safety.  I even stop [at] construction sites to remind them to be considerate of the handicapped in our community.  Thank you all so much for this awareness and empowerment to require change."

~ Pam Jiner, GirlTrek Advocacy Leader, Denver CO