Earlier this year we asked people working in the voluntary and public sectors about their use of engagement – what drives it, who they seek to engage, what approaches and tools they use.
It is clear that engagement is very much alive and many of those completing our survey and taking part in interviews believe it is having a positive – and in some cases transformative – effect.
However, some are struggling to assess and to demonstrate the difference their work is making. Respondents told us about the quantitative and qualitative evaluation methods they are using, but a significant proportion highlighted evaluation as an issue.
It was interesting to hear about the range of techniques people use: workshops, focus groups, surveys, co-creation sessions, Open Space events and art exhibitions. Online platforms are, of course, increasingly important for many organisations. But the vast majority of our survey respondents said they would welcome new and more creative tools and methods.
The results of our research have provoked much thought and discussion. There are challenges for all of us working on engagement, but there is also a fantastic appetite to share ideas and to learn from each other.
We are publishing our research next month and on 26 June are holding a day-long event in London to explore some of the themes and questions raised. This will be lively opportunity to look at the principles behind meaningful engagement, learn what works, share a breadth of creative tools and consider evaluation methods, through creatively facilitated discussion and workshops.
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How do we foster meaningful engagement?
On: Thursday 26th June, 10am-4pm
At: NCVO, 8 All Saints Street, London N1 9RL
Cost: £100 (including refreshments, lunch and VAT)
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