Community engagement is based on the democratic idea that everyone who is affected by an issue that impacts their community should have a say in the decision making around it. It, moreover, holds the promise that public participation can influence decisions that affect the provision of services, future visions and sustainability of our communities.

Although there is no commonly agreed to community engagement definition and the use of the term varies widely (sharing in notions of consultation, participation, collaboration and empowerment), community engagement captures its meaning in mutual decision making. People, governments and [geot_filter region=”america” html_tag=”span”]organizations[/geot_filter][geot_filter exclude_region=”america” html_tag=”span” ]organisations[/geot_filter] work collaboratively to create – and [geot_filter region=”america” html_tag=”span”]realize[/geot_filter][geot_filter exclude_region=”america” html_tag=”span” ]realise[/geot_filter] – sustainable visions for their community’s future. For governments and [geot_filter region=”america” html_tag=”span”]organizations[/geot_filter][geot_filter exclude_region=”america” html_tag=”span” ]organisations[/geot_filter], it’s about working with, and listening to, communities to build long term relationships and develop meaningful solutions to complex issues. By deepening these relationships, ideally, the value of inclusivity is central, where government entities create dialogue with the very diversity of their communities.

In [geot_filter region=”america” html_tag=”span”]recognizing[/geot_filter][geot_filter exclude_region=”america” html_tag=”span” ]recognising[/geot_filter] the needs and aspirations of all participants, community engagement promotes the idea that, through intentional interactions between government [geot_filter region=”america” html_tag=”span”]organizations[/geot_filter][geot_filter exclude_region=”america” html_tag=”span” ]organisations[/geot_filter] and communities, community members can – and do – influence policy making. That is, community engagement’s promise is to better engage community to help make better public decisions. It is, thereby, both an orientation toward the importance of community members’ lived experience to influence interactions between government [geot_filter region=”america” html_tag=”span”]organizations[/geot_filter][geot_filter exclude_region=”america” html_tag=”span” ]organisations[/geot_filter] and communities, and an approach that guides the process of those interactions.

Community engagement is based on the democratic idea that everyone who is affected by an issue that impacts their community should have a say in the decision making around it. It, moreover, holds the promise that public participation can influence decisions that affect the provision of services, future visions and sustainability of our communities.

Although there is no commonly agreed to community engagement definition and the use of the term varies widely (sharing in notions of consultation, participation, collaboration and empowerment), community engagement captures its meaning in mutual decision making. People, governments and [geot_filter region=”america” html_tag=”span”]organizations[/geot_filter][geot_filter exclude_region=”america” html_tag=”span” ]organisations[/geot_filter] work collaboratively to create – and [geot_filter region=”america” html_tag=”span”]realize[/geot_filter][geot_filter exclude_region=”america” html_tag=”span” ]realise[/geot_filter] – sustainable visions for their community’s future. For governments and [geot_filter region=”america” html_tag=”span”]organizations[/geot_filter][geot_filter exclude_region=”america” html_tag=”span” ]organisations[/geot_filter], it’s about working with, and listening to, communities to build long term relationships and develop meaningful solutions to complex issues. By deepening these relationships, ideally, the value of inclusivity is central, where government entities create dialogue with the very diversity of their communities.

In [geot_filter region=”america” html_tag=”span”]recognizing[/geot_filter][geot_filter exclude_region=”america” html_tag=”span” ]recognising[/geot_filter] the needs and aspirations of all participants, community engagement promotes the idea that, through intentional interactions between government [geot_filter region=”america” html_tag=”span”]organizations[/geot_filter][geot_filter exclude_region=”america” html_tag=”span” ]organisations[/geot_filter] and communities, community members can – and do – influence policy making. That is, community engagement’s promise is to better engage community to help make better public decisions. It is, thereby, both an orientation toward the importance of community members’ lived experience to influence interactions between government [geot_filter region=”america” html_tag=”span”]organizations[/geot_filter][geot_filter exclude_region=”america” html_tag=”span” ]organisations[/geot_filter] and communities, and an approach that guides the process of those interactions.

Simply put, community engagement seeks to engage community to achieve sustainable outcomes, equitable decision-making processes, and deepen relationships and trust between government organisations and communities.

Is community engagement the same as citizen participation and public participation?

What are the types of community engagement?

 

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