When you think about community engagement, you might visualize people gathering together in a room for a community forum, charrette or focus group. The COVID-19 pandemic has necessitated social distancing and avoiding gathering large groups of people together. There are many different tools and methods to engage people in a socially distant manner. For example, some methods, like community forums, focus groups or key informant interviews, can be transitioned to a virtual setting. Importantly, not all engagement activities need to be virtual. Select different tools for different purposes and use multiple tools to meet different needs or reach different audiences. This information brief will provide some ideas and considerations for implementing community engagement tools when not in person.
August 25, 2020