Gathering the views of your community or group
Whether you are representing 15 people or a community of 15,000 you will want to gather their views and opinions in a manageable and appropriate way. Take a look at some of the guidelines for community engagement we have collected.
- An Australian website with resources about engaging with people online: Community Engagement Best Practice – Bang the Table
- Guidelines on running public forums from the Community Tool Box, covers why conduct a public forum and how to organise and run them: Conducting Public Forums and Listening Sessions
- Information on focus groups from the Community Tool Box. Covers why they are different to normal groups, when should you use one and how to run one: Conducting Focus Groups
- A 30-page booklet on running focus groups including research basics, how-to guide, checklists and sample forms: Focus Group Toolkit
- Community capacity building toolkit prepared by Jim Cavaye for the Queensland Government, with a focus on regional and rural communities: Community Capacity Building Toolkit for Rural and Regional Communities
We have gathered a suite of resources to help health services engage better with consumers and community and these may be useful to you also.
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