Building capacity to engage: community engagement or government engagement?

King, Christine and Cruickshank, Margaret (2012) Building capacity to engage: community engagement or government engagement?. Community Development Journal, 47 1: 5-28. doi:10.1093/cdj/bsq018

Author King, Christine
Cruickshank, Margaret
Title Building capacity to engage: community engagement or government engagement?
Journal name Community Development Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0010-3802
Publication date 2012-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1093/cdj/bsq018
Open Access Status
Volume 47
Issue 1
Start page 5
End page 28
Total pages 24
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Oxford University Press
Abstract In spite of the significant government focus on community engagement, there is some question as to how effectively community views are incorporated and heard by government. In exploring these concerns, we suggest that it is more effective to consider the issue from the perspective of communities engaging government rather than government engaging community. In doing this, we have developed a methodological approach that focuses on building the capacity of community to more effectively engage government in an effort to strengthen their own community in ways that are meaningful within that community. We illustrate this process with a case study of government engagement undertaken by representatives from the small rural community of Tara in western Queensland. While the case study focuses on community engaging government, this approach could be equally well applied to other forms of non-government institutional engagement that are relevant in other community settings.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online 13 April 2010

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
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