Virtual engagement is here to stay. Every participant said they expect to keep using virtual engagement tools, and a majority of participants said they don’t think in-person engagement will resume until 2022.
Recently, PRR hosted a workshop on inclusive engagement during COVID-19 focused on our work with Washington state clients in the environmental sector. Collaboratively with participants, we defined inclusive engagement, considered how inclusive engagement leads to better project outcomes and talked through four strategies for success with tactics for each. Strategies included:
One of the big things we heard: virtual engagement is here to stay. Every participant said they expect to keep using virtual engagement tools, and a majority of participants said they don’t think in-person engagement will resume until 2022. Five key takeaways from the workshop:
For many of us, the need to conduct outreach and engagement remotely for the past year has highlighted newer or less familiar outreach tactics that reach audiences we’ve previously struggled to reach. We’re excited to see how a blend of these remote tactics combined with a return to in-person tactics shapes community engagement strategies moving forward.
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