'Hard to reach’ or ‘easy to ignore’? Promoting equality in community engagement
From Helen Walker
Presentation by Dr Oliver Escobar of What Works Scotland and Edinburgh University sharing the findings of an evidence review which explores the intersection between community engagement and equality.
The Evidence Review examines what is being done to overcome inequality in community engagement, focussing on evidence from Scotland and the UK.
Equality and community engagement are central to core policy developments and frameworks that guide current public sector reform: i.e. Christie Commission on the Future Delivery of Public Services; Community Empowerment Act 2015; Fairer Scotland; Convention of Scottish Local Authorities' Commission on Strengthening Local Democracy.
The key motivation for this review of the literature is to explore the intersection between community engagement and inequality. This is important because inequalities in health, wealth, income, education and so on, can be arguably seen as stemming from inequalities in power and influence. Therefore, community engagement processes can simply reproduce existing inequalities, unless they are designed and facilitated to distribute influence by ensuring diversity and inclusion.
Learn more and get a copy of the Evidence Review on the What Works Scotland website http://whatworksscotland.ac.uk/events/hard-to-reach-or-easy-to-ignore-a-review-of-evidence-about-equality-in-community-engagement/