PATH is an acronym for Planning Alternative Tomorrows with Hope. The PATH planning tool research method can be used in a range of contexts, and within whānau it can be used to assist in individual and whānau planning. A unique aspect of this tool is the visual images that are created alongside a facilitation process that seeks to clarify, research and create a positive and hopeful ‘pull toward an aspirational place’. This paper aims to outline the potential of the PATH as a data-gathering tool that promotes storytelling and critical analysis as well as active engagement from stakeholders. This should be of interest to Government agencies as a means of identifying whānau-related policy and can inform whānau and communities about ways to have their dreams and plans captured in a creative way.

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