It is often difficult to assess the adequacy of a community engagement process prior to getting involved in it, but there are some key things to look out for.
All community engagement processes require:
- commitment from all parties
- clear principles to guide the process
- a protocol on which to measure both the commitment and the effectiveness of the process
- a comprehensive plan of action
The principles and protocols listed here are adapted from the NICNAS Community Engagement Charter . The Charter was written by members of the National Toxics Network and the National Industrial Chemical Notification and Assessment Scheme’s Community Engagement Forum.