Tool 4: What methods to use & when

Research has shown that different members of the public prefer different public engagement methods. The more that methods and information are tailored, the better the response. All public engagement methods have strengths and weaknesses. Some are more statistically representative, others obtain a more ‘in depth’ response, some are best if you want a quick response.

The following defines some common examples of methods with advantages and disadvantages. The list isn't exhaustive. Methods such as participation and empowerment can take a number of outward forms as long as they consist of the common elements - transference of knowledge, skills and resources.

What Methods to Use & When

 

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