This event shared the findings of an evidence review which explores the intersection between community engagement and equality.
Conducted by Dr Ruth Lightbody of Glasgow Caledonian University, the evidence review is part of the What Works Scotland Evidence Bank and contributes to ongoing research on community engagement and capacity building.
The key motivation for this review of the literature is to explore the intersection between community engagement and equality. This is important because inequalities in health, wealth, income, education and so on, can be 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.
The review is guided by the following questions:
- How is the relationship between equality and community engagement conceptualised in the literature?
- What are the key dimensions and factors in the relationship between community engagement and equality? (i.e. in terms of both process and outcomes)
- What strategies and approaches can promote equality in community engagement?
The review addresses issues relevant to the public and third sectors, as well as the research community in academia, government and civil society.
Panel contributions came from:
- Tressa Burke, Chief Executive, Glasgow Disability Alliance
- Hilary Third, Equality Policy, Scottish Government
- Kaela Scott, Engagement Lead Scotland, Involve
- Andy Thompson, Professor of Public Policy and Citizenship, University of Edinburgh
Held on Monday 11 December 2017 at Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, University of Edinburgh
- See the Hard to Reach, Easy to Ignore? Promoting Equality in Community Engagement – presentation (PDF)
- Read and download the Hard to Reach, Easy to Ignore? Promoting Equality in Community Engagement Evidence Review
— Scottish CCs (@ScottishCCs) December 11, 2017
Access NOT the same as influence; ‘public engagement paradox’ ie more participation AND more inequality; how to work with ‘a democracy of intermediaries’, and avoid ‘ritualised engagement’. Excellent event @WWScot Findings relevant to @PAS_tweets @RTPIScotland https://t.co/fdqEWB7ziZ
— Lesley Martin (@lesleymartin216) December 11, 2017
.@GDA__online delighted today to contribute input with .@OliverEscobar at launch of .@WWScot : “Hard to reach or easy to ignore? Promoting #equality in community engagement” @RuthLightbody‘s report: https://t.co/2cN3btU1Ua… #demopart #SocialJustice #PublicServiceReform pic.twitter.com/IM849M1ekv
— Tressa Burke (@tressaburke) December 12, 2017
— Margaret Hollins (@HollinsMargaret) December 14, 2017