Gateshead SIGNAL Inquiry
*I've just put quite generic information here - I think we probably want to make it more specific to the work in Gateshead but I don't have that info.
SIGNAL is a methodology designed to tackle poverty, built on the principle that poverty is a multi-dimensional issue and that finding solutions to problems must put people who are experiencing those problems at the heart of the process. It is a digital platform (which can also be deployed as paper-based) that enables people to identify their life priorities. It uses an intuitive, picture-based, accessible survey through a facilitated conversation, which aggregates the data so that organisations can better understand individual, household and community needs and the causes that lie behind.
SIGNAL can start with a single organisation, a group of collaborating organisations or at local authority level. The key is that once one household has taken SIGNAL and has a Lifemap with priorities, they and their support organisation(s) start changing their thinking and behaviour by focussing time and effort on the underlying causes of symptoms. Through taking a granular approach, individuals and households develop a sense of agency, and organisations can start to redefine their social challenges.
Here in Gateshead, we will be working with:
Fundamentally, this is a participatory and democratic process – an essential building block to start the process of redefinition and transformation.
Big Local Gateshead
Bensham and Saltwell Alive
St Chad's Community Project
Young Women's Outreach Project