Features, PublicNet: 5 November, 2005

Anti-poverty and regeneration policy has traditionally been developed by people who have not experienced poverty nor lived in disadvantaged areas. The quest has been to improve the lives of others. There is a move now to involve groups with this experience as one way of countering ‘social exclusion’ . The authors looked at the lessons to be learned from a series of participatory initiatives relating to poverty and place. They suggest series of components to ensure good practice for involving people with direct experience in anti-poverty and regeneration in the development of policy.