A Guide to Effective Community Engagement

In the last twenty years community engagement has become an essential component of policy design and implementation, project governance and delivery and monitoring and evaluation of a wide range of interventions. 


Community engagement practices can be found in health service provision, educational engagement strategies, housing services, local economic development, planning policy and review and, of course, is clearly a frequent requirement in regeneration strategies. Many funding streams and grants are dependent on submissions providing a clear community engagement strategy and even in solely private sector funded regeneration projects, it would be rare to find a scheme which did not engage with the public in some way.


This guide identifies some key engagement techniques that have stood the test of time and are recognised internationally as valuable approaches.