- To describe different ways community engagement can occur
- To assist in the selection of the appropriate level of public participation for projects involving community engagement
Description: The International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) has assessed different ways the community can be involved in any program of community engagement. The spectrum, illustrated in the figure below, shows that “differing levels of participation are legitimate and depend on the goals, time frames, resources, and levels of concern in the decision to be made.” In addition, the Spectrum sets out the “promise to the public” for each type of participation.
(Copyright: IAP2 International Federation, 2014 – written permission obtained from IAP2)
- Information about the Spectrum: https://www.iap2.org/?page=pillars
- Link to full size version of the Spectrum (figure above): https://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.iap2.org/resource/resmgr/foundations_course/IAP2_P2_Spectrum_FINAL.pdf (PDF 151KB)
- Results of a review of the Spectrum: https://i2s.anu.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/IAP220Spectrum20Review.pdf (PDF 433KB)
- IAP2 Australasia: https://www.iap2.org.au/Home IAP2 Canada: https://iap2canada.ca/
Related tools on this website:
- Stakeholder engagement: Why? who? when? how?
- Stakeholder participation: Arnstein’s ladder
- Stakeholder participation: Participation compass
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Posted: October 2017
Last modified: June 2018