Some questions to ask
- Are we clear about who needs to be engaged, and why?
- Have those who are directly experiencing the problem been participating?
- Have people who have responsibility or influence to change conditions been participating?
- Is it rewarding to participate (e.g., roles, rewards, respect)?
- Is it relatively easy to participate (e.g., time, effort, location)?
- Are people able to participate effectively?
- Have we created an environment that encourages full and continued participation?
Some recommended actions for promoting engagement
- __ Determine why you need or want other people to get involved.
- __ Identify those who need to be involved, including those most affected and those who can address the group’s goals.
- __ Reach out to those you most want to involve through trusted people, organizations, and networks.
- __ Communicate the need and benefits of taking action together.
- __ Make participation more rewarding and attractive.
- __ Make participation easier and of lower cost (i.e., time, effort, money).
- __ Improve peoples’ abilities to be involved (e.g., provide information, skill training, technical support).
- __ Create an environment that fosters full and continued participation.
- __ Plan for involving new generations of people and organizations.
Examples of engagement
- Engaging local residents in addressing health equity and food access in Lawrence-Douglas County
- Engaging schools in planning for a system of trauma-informed care in Wilson County