Phase 3. Creating a Shared Vision
What you might see
- Small numbers of community members beginning to take action, believing that change is possible;
- Service providers valuing the contribution of community members and community participation processes;
- Open dialogue about equity among a diverse group of stakeholders;
- Inclusive community engagement that caters for and respects diversity;
- Community members being valued as partners in the work;
- Existing and emerging community leaders participating in the agenda setting process.
What you can do
- Seek the involvement of community members from different cohorts, factions, and geographies;
- Include community members as genuine partners in negotiations and agreements;
- Make explicit links between community participation, the vision for change, and action plans;
- Create simple and plain language agreements about who will contribute what, how and when, including community members;
- Deliver early wins or small prototypes with community members leading or involved;
- Facilitate mutual learning – community members and service providers help each other to understand their perspectives and ways of working.
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