Great article from Stanford Social Innovation Review, “Community Engagement Matters (Now More Than Ever).”

The article addresses the use of data in community change efforts. Data helps communities Make Decisions on Shared Facts, but leaders must also keep our principle, Use Experts Wisely, in mind in order to generate thoughtful, inclusive community engagement and decisions that stick.

The authors outline Six Factors of Engagement

  1. Organizing for Ownership
  2. Allowing for Complexity
  3. Working with Local Institutions
  4. Applying an Equity Lens
  5. Building Momentum
  6. Managing Constituencies through Change

Highly recommend for the examples and resource links.