10 Standards for community engagment

The Scottish Community Development Centre developed 10 National Standards for Community Engagement in 2005. They are pretty broad statements which set goal posts in planning community engagement:

  1. The Involvement Standard We will identify and involve the people and organisations with an interest in the focus of the engagement.
  2. The Support Standard We will identify and overcome any barriers to involvement.
  3. The Planning Standard We will gather evidence of the needs and available resources and use this to agree the purpose, scope and timescale of the engagement and the actions to be taken.
  4. The Methods Standard We will agree the use methods of engagement that are fit for purpose.
  5. The Working Together Standard We will agree and use clear procedures to enable the participants to work with one another efficiently and effectively.
  6. The Sharing Information Standard We will ensure necessary information is communicated between the participants.
  7. The Working With Others Standard We will work effectively with others with an interest in the engagement.
  8. The Improvement Standard We will develop actively the skills, knowledge and confidence of all the participants.
  9. The Feedback Standard We will feedback the results of the engagement to the wider community and agencies affected.
  10. The Monitoring and Evaluation Standard We will monitor and evaluate whether the engagement meets its purposes and the national standards for community engagement.

They also have a number of resources with more details about how to implement these standards in a range of contexts including rural communities and promoting inclusive processes.

About Graeme Stuart

Lecturer (Family Action Centre, Newcastle Uni), blogger (Sustaining Community), environmentalist, Alternatives to Violence Project facilitator, father. Passionate about families, community development, peace & sustainability.
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