Before starting any engagement, it is important to ask ourselves why we are engaging. Some considerations include:
- Good public engagement gives people a sense of ownership over issues and outcomes. Citizens should have a say in decisions that affect them and individuals are more likely to support outcomes when they have had a say in shaping them.
- We don’t have all the answers. Addressing issues requires input from a lot of people to find positive long-term solutions.
- Listening to citizens helps us better understand peoples' interests and values. Knowing what’s important to them helps us be more responsive and transparent.