From how we continue to fight the pandemic, to what the new normal for our economy, environment and communities should look like, significant decisions need to be taken in the coming weeks and months with consequences that will be felt for years and decades.
This handbook is intended to support local authorities to consider how they can build back with their local communities, involving them in the Covid-19 response and recovery.
The handbook contains eight chapters, covering the following:
Chapter 2: Why involve people now – the rationale for involving local communities in the Covid response and recovery;
Chapter 3: Before you start – tips on making the case and securing institutional buy-in;
Chapter 4: Where to start – some principles for planning high-quality public engagement;
Chapter 5: Helpful resources – a range of handy handbooks, guides and toolkits to help plan and deliver community engagement;
Chapter 6: Where it’s happening – examples and case studies engaging people in taking decisions and action around Covid;
Chapter 7: What it could look like – illustrative processes to provide some inspiration for how communities could be engaged on different issues;
Chapter 8: Further reading – links to interesting further reading on Covid, public participation and democracy.
How this handbook has been developed
This handbook has been developed as part of “A democratic response to Covid” – a joint project by Involve and the Centre for the Study of Democracy at Westminster University.
The handbook has been written by Involve in partnership with members of the Deliberative Democracy Practitioners’ Network – a group of designers and facilitators of participatory and deliberative processes. It has been edited by Tim Hughes, director of Involve.
- Anna McKeon, Traverse
- Carisse Hewer
- Dylan Quinn, Dylan Quinn Dance Theatre / ConversationsNI
- Eva Trier, Eva Trier Consulting Ltd.
- Gary Austin, circleindigo
- Graham Smith, University of Westminster
- Grainne Walsh, stratagem
- Hally Ingram
- Jez Hall, Shared Future
- Joe Mitchell
- LaShanda, BritainThinks
- Lizzie Adams, Involve
- Maddie Gough, Involve
- Matt Reynolds, Ipsos MORI
- Paul Carroll, Ipsos MORI
- Perry Walker, Talk Shop
- Riley Thorold, RSA
- Skye McCool, Traverse
- Stephen Robinson, SJR Strategic Consulting Ltd
- Susannah Lansdell, Involve
- Tim Hughes, Involve
- Tom Lord, Sortition Foundation
Help write this handbook
This handbook is intended to be a living document that we update over time as new issues, resources and case studies arise. A version of it will live here on the Involve Knowledge Base, which we will periodically update based on updates to a live collaborative document (hosted on Google Docs). If you'd like to help improve the handbook, access the live document and start writing or leave a comment.
Using this handbook
All of the content in this handbook is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike licence. This means that you are free to remix, adapt, and build upon the handbook non-commercially, as long as the original handbook is credited and you license your new creation under the same terms.