Twenty-six empirical studies and eight reviews were included in the systematic review. The results showed that there are no simple answers to what works in facilitating community engagement. The local context in which engagement takes place is of central importance and hence a flexible variety of techniques, methods and support needs to be adopted for each particular initiative.
Methodological problems were apparent in many of the studies reviewed; however, general agreement across some of the evaluation studies was found regarding the reported effectiveness of certain practices in facilitating community involvement.
The impact of community engagement on ABIs was less clear although emerging evidence did suggest that more positive than negative effects were obtained in improved public services and strategies, in personal and community development and in a greater sense of inclusion, self-respect and self-esteem among the members of the local community. More sophisticated methods of research design incorporating high-quality qualitative and quantitative measures need to be adopted if future studies are to give a clearer indicator of the impact of community involvement on the wider long-term personal and instrumental success of area-based initiatives.
Editor's comments - [ As part of the civil renewal agenda in 2004, the Government encouraged greater participation in the delivery and governance of local initiatives and public services. This paper is based on a systematic review of ‘what works’ in community involvement in area-based initiatives (ABIs), which was commissioned by the Home Office to inform its agenda on civil renewal. The paper is intended to provide practical guidance for practitioners and policy makers on how to facilitate effective community engagement and draws on findings primarily from three chapters of the main review.
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Reference : Larsen C S. (2004). Facilitating community involvement: practical guidance for practitioners and policy makers. London: Home Office
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