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Community Engagement Indicators

Empowering Communities to Monitor Major Projects in Impact Assessments

Playbooks are useful interactive tools. They help in choosing and prioritizing impacts and engagement activities to monitor. Our research shows that using indicators is a useful method for guiding engagement processes.

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Why a Playbook?

  • A step-by-step process helps proponents and communities develop effective relationships.
  • It helps proponents and communities measure their engagement success and work on sustaining it over time.
  • Assessing impacts helps link engagement to net zero ambitions.
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How Can This Playbook Help?

Applying a set of indicators to a community engagement plan:

  • builds trust between proponents and communities
  • makes priorities and expectations clearer
  • aligns everyone’s roles with the community engagement process.
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What Can This Playbook Do?

Create a focus on co-creation. Three sections of indicators help proponents and communities co-develop a plan that tracks and measures:

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Community Impacts

Impacts and benefits important to the community

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Community Engagement

Activity progress and effectiveness

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Climate Action

Contributions to local and national climate action plans

Engagement Indicator Wheel

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Who Should Use This Playbook?

  • Indigenous communities, public stakeholders, and local communities potentially impacted by a major project development.
  • Project proponents undertaking engagement activities as part federal impact assessments.
  • Anyone developing a community engagement plan as part of federal impact assessment processes.
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