Resource often overlooked communities to drive participation
Government can seem remote and faceless to some. Why not I recognise communities of place, interest or identity that we're not hearing from, and fund individuals within the communities to be advocates for submitter to from a provider familiar voice and context for first time submitters.
for less formal consultations these individuals could be the listening posts for government. They could lead the delivery of engagement in their community, synthesise the feedback received, and report back to the community of interest on the impact made by the feedback given.
Why the contribution is important
These locals or representatives of an ethnic or gender identity community for example have credibility that government does not have in these communities. Often people play these roles in a voluntary capacity and I think we should recognise their expertise, lived experience and effort.
by StephM on July 01, 2021 at 05:26PM