Community engagement

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public engagement


Strengthening accountability and advocacy in Aboriginal affairs

In 2018, the Western Australian government sought community views about a proposal to establish an independent statutory office for advocacy and accountability in Aboriginal affairs. This report outlines the main ideas and concerns raised through the feedback process.

A guide to the right engagement

This guide is designed to assist the Australian Public Service (APS) in choosing the right engagement for the problem at hand. It is made up of two components: the Diagnostic and Catalogue.

Telling Australia's story - and why it's important: report on the inquiry into Canberra's national institutions

This report reflects the outcomes of the inquiry into Canberra’s national institutions, which examined their strategic value, their engagement with the Australian people, and their governance and resourcing challenges.

The open policymaking playbook

This report recommends eight tech-enabled dialogic mechanisms for open and engaged policymaking to take advantage of collective intelligence.

Crisis in democracy: renewing trust in America

This report aims to articulate the reasons for the growing distrust in American institutions, to re-envision news media that will be fair, truthful and responsible, and to catalyze citizens to participate in civic life.

Engaging Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities in parliamentary inquiries

The overall aim of this work was to inform parliaments, and in particular parliamentary committees, of the strategies that could be developed to better engage CALD communities in the work of future parliamentary inquiries.

Where residents, politics, and government meet: Philadelphia’s experiments with civic engagement

Fresh thinking about civic engagement does not have to be complex. The best approaches go back to the basics, ask the right questions, and focus on the people.
Fact sheet

Towards a decarbonised EU building stock: expert views on the issues and challenges facing the transition

The latest version of the EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) aims to achieve a highly energy efficient and decarbonised building stock by 2050, and compels Member States to develop respective roadmaps, guidelines and measurable, targeted actions.

Mind the gaps: quantifying the decline of news coverage in Canada

This study of 20 small and mid-sized Canadian communities, the number and depth of newspaper articles about civic affairs declined sharply between 2008 and 2017, leaving citizens less informed about their democratic institutions.
Data portal

Electorate profiles - arts and culture

This online resource is the latest addition to the Australia Council's strong body of research about the arts, which is publicly available on the Arts Nation research hub. This new interactive resource provides information on arts and culture in each of Australia’s 150 federal electorate...

The adaptation primers: Primer 3 - Creating resilient communities

Landscape architecture focuses on the relationship between the natural and the built environment. As we move towards an uncertain future, our methods for understanding that relationship must shift from reliance on what we know about our environment, to what we can anticipate for the future...
Journal article

Community-engaged research with rural Latino adolescents: design and implementation strategies to study the social determinants of health

The health of adolescents, perhaps more than in any other period of their life, is shaped by the social determinants of health (SDH). The constellation of SDH that disadvantages a specific group’s health may also make members of that population unable or unwilling to engage...
Journal article

A linguist’s journey toward community engaged scholarship: insights on definitions, practice and evaluation policies

This article contributes to the current conversation surrounding the definition of community-engaged scholarship (CES) by providing critical insights from a linguist’s journey towards establishing a CES partnership with a middle school. I argue that a prescribed CES definition for all disciplines is neither possible nor...

Carbon free community conversations and carbon free action workshop

During 2017, Hepburn Shire Council held four Carbon Free Community Conversations and a follow up Carbon Free Action Workshop. The intention was to gauge the commitment of localities and towns across Hepburn Shire to becoming carbon neutral. At these sessions members of the community had...

People-led innovation: towards a methodology for solving urban problems in the 21st century

The People-Led Innovation Methodology is premised on the idea that unlocking and applying the expertise of people requires city government decision-makers to design engagements with a focus on curation – ensuring that the problems, solutions, inputs, and approaches remain targeted and implementable rather than ill-defined...

Open research agenda setting

Citizen engagement is being promoted in many countries as a mechanism to improve the efficiency, quality and relevance of research and improve transparency and trust in science. At the same time, digitalisation is opening up new opportunities for consultation and exchange with citizens. This report...
Journal article

Best practices for community-engaged participatory research with Pacific Islander communities in the USA and USAPI: protocol for a scoping review

The purpose of this review is to identify best practices used when conducting community-based participatory research with Pacific Islanders
Journal article

Civics and citizenship education in New Zealand: a case for change?

This article considers the case for a national strategy for civics and citizenship education in New Zealand and potential next steps for achieving this.

Community engagement and benefit sharing in renewable energy development: a guide for applicants to the Victorian renewable energy target auction

The purpose of this guide is to set out the Victorian government’s expectations for the renewable energy industry, and to help assist developers to best engage and share benefits with the communities that will host these renewable energy projects.

Pacific Outreach Program – Tonga program evaluation research report

Program Background: The NRL’s Pacific Outreach Program is a three-way partnership between the Australian Government (represented by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, DFAT), the Government in Tonga, and the Australian Rugby League Commission (represented by the NRL).