An idea perceived as great by you, may not be as well-received by others if they only come across it once completed.  This is even more so with public spaces and places which are seen by all.  Think about the last time you made a significant change to your home or career without telling the important people in your life!   How did they feel?  While you may not be able to please everybody, people do appreciate being included.  Community engagement builds trust, understanding, removes barriers and increases influence and you never know, someone you engage may know how to make your idea even better.

Scott B Sullivan Associates believes in community engagement having seen the positive impact it has had on the planning and delivery of past projects.  It is also highly beneficial when assembling funding applications, developing strategies and plans, and managing town planning processes.  The earlier you engage, the greater the benefits.

Innovative community engagement

Community engagement strategies

  • Community developed mobile apps
  • School curriculum based engagement
  • Informal and fun activities
  • Filming and photography based engagement
  • Engagement through culture and the arts
  • Informing
  • Consulting
  • Involving
  • Collaborating
  • Empowering

Community engagement techniques

  • Public meetings
  • Roadshows/exhibitions
  • Surveys and questionnaires
  • Workshops
  • Newsletters
  • Open days/drop in
  • Social media
  • Focus groups
  • Interviews
  • Planning for real
  • Site visits
  • Panels
  • Events