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Beyond Inclusion: Equity in Public Engagement
Inclusion is integral to ethical and effective public engagement. Hearing from people with diverse lived experiences leads to more innovative ideas, better decisions and stronger democracies. However, many groups of people remain under-represented in engagement processes due to systemic barriers and inequities.
Beyond Inclusion: Equity in Public Engagement proposes eight principles to support the meaningful and equitable inclusion of diverse voices in public engagement processes across sectors.
Simon Fraser University’s Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue developed the Beyond Inclusion guide through a participatory research and consultation process from 2019-2020 involving community members, engagement practitioners, and representatives from governments and civil society. While we began with a framework of inclusion, participants emphasized the importance of equity—building reciprocal relationships and sharing power with communities to co-create accessible and meaningful engagement processes.
Download your free copy of the Beyond Inclusion guide to learn more about these principles alongside:
- Concrete strategies to help enact these principles and address barriers.
- Suggested approaches to common challenges practitioners face.
- Real-world case studies illustrating the principles in action.
- A discussion of what inclusion, equity and accessibility mean within public engagement.
- A list of further resources to support inclusive engagement
The Eight Principles
Invite participation within an authentic and accountable engagement process
Plan early and proactively
Establish respectful relationships with Indigenous Peoples
Engage the internal diversity of a community
Work in reciprocal relationships with communities
Tailor engagement plans to the context
Commit to ongoing learning and improvement
Advance systemic equity