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Healthy City Design 2019

Healthy City Design: maximising your impact through public engagement

By Dan Burden, Sarah Bowman and Pam Sethi 13 Dec 2019 0

Public engagement is based on the idea that those most affected by a particular project should be involved in that project. Initiatives are advanced with community partners rather than for or about them. The best-supported outcomes for built environment projects happen when relevant stakeholders have a role in confirming values, identifying and addressing challenges, and envisioning viable solutions together.


Agencies, elected officials, advocacy organisations, researchers, and those with complementary objectives are valuable partners in built environment interventions, and yet co-ordination across sectors and disciplines is often missing. It’s critical that stakeholders feel heard and understand how their input integrates into the full process, maximising the value of their participation, and ensuring both shorter-term outcomes and longer-term impacts. This workshop presents tools for advancing strategic engagement plans, including an impact framework for modelling your project, and choosing key performance indicators to monitor and measure success. Public engagement and impact planning examples from the United States and Ireland, and which illustrate levels of engagement to involvement, will be presented, along with lessons learned and best practices.