Card collection is a facilitated process that involves the use of cards to gather ideas from people, especially where a diversity of answers is expected. Useful for groups between 12 - 20, larger groups may be sub-divided into smaller groups. Starting with a question, ideas are captured onto cards and later clustered based on similarities. Once these clusters are labelled, they can be prioritized or elaborated on further.
Card collection is described by Neill McKee (former Chief, PCIS, UNICEF Bangladesh) with Dr. Hermann Tillman and Dr. Maria Salas in their Visualization in Participatory Programs Manual (1993) used during planning processes for social mobilization and communication in UNICEF-supported programmes in Bangladesh. Using a combination of facilitation tools, VIPP has its roots from Latin America and Germany. These are derived from key works by Paulo Freire, Orlando Fals Borda and Eberhard Schnelle (Metaplan) among others.
Sam Kaner in his book Facilitator's Guide to Participatory Decision Making:
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Card collection, VIPP, facilitation, idea generation, card clustering, affinity diagrams, brainstorming