TOUCH Broward - Partnerships Transforming Our Community's Health

About the Dotmocracy Exercise

To inform the development of the Community Action Plan, a Walking Assessment event, which included a Walking Assessment and Dotmocracy exercise were conducted in the Dania Beach Healthy Community Zone. This event was the first public presentation of the Healthy Community Zone concept and description of the four TOUCH focus areas.  The purpose was to inform the community and Dania Beach representatives of the Healthy Community Zone focus areas, provide an experiential learning opportunity on how the environment impacts health, and gather information about the walkability of the neighborhood to inform the development of the community action plan.  The intent is that many more community events will use the Dotmocracy process and materials to continue to gather community feedback.

Dotmocracy Methods:

The Dotmocracy exercise was conducted during registration.  Participants were asked to answer how desirable the featured picture was for their neighborhood.  Professional staff were asked to answer based on the feedback they have heard from residents they serve in the neighborhood. Facilitators instructed participants to vote on their voting sheets by placing a dot beside each picture indicating how desirable or important that feature is to their community (Green = very; Yellow = somewhat; Red = not important). Facilitators also introduced the open-ended questions at the bottom of the board or posed additional questions.  Participants chose to answer privately on the back of their sheets or write them on post it notes and stick them on the boards to generate conversation.

Event Details:

  • Date: August 7, 2015
  • Time: 2:00-5:00pm
  • Location: CW Thomas Park, 800 NW 2nd St, Dania Beach, FL 33004
  • Number of Attendees: 31; 20 Professional Staff (primarily agencies and City of Dania Beach and CRA); 11 Community Members

Dotmocracy  Materials:

Dotmocracy Results Summary: