12. COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT : HOW TO GUIDE

WHAT IS IT?

l     Community planning aims to improve the quality and delivery of public services

l     All groups and communities to equally involve in the planning and managing of local services, to improved policy outcomes

l     To provide community planning partners, including community representatives with help in this process.

 

HOW DOES IT DO THIS?

l     An introduction to practical techniques used to support the process of community engagement in partnerships using techniques of

l     Sharing information : Open space event. A themed discussion involving 1000 people based on workshops that participants create and manage themselves.

l     Opinion gathering : Citizen’s juries. A small group that meet over a short period of time to deliberate on a specific issue or topic

l     Capacity building : Community animateurs. Local people employed to promote and facilitate participation.

l     Participation and Partnerships : Community auditing.

l     Ensuring equal opportunities in community engagement : e.g. Equal opportunities in community engagement. A key principle of Community Engagement is the need to tailor measures to remove barriers to participation.

 

WHEN SHOULD IT BE USED?

l     Community engagement is necessary both as a response to specific events, and in order to ensure ongoing community involvement.

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