Effective Engagement: A Guide to Principles and Practice, Effective Interventions Unit, Scotland, 2001.

The Effective Interventions Unit of the Scottish Executive – involved in a range of initiatives aimed at promoting community capacity building and community engagement in local decision-making – undertook research to provide information and evidence to support CE in Scotland, with a focus on the problem of drug misuse. Ranked as another of Tamarack Institutes “top six” CE resources, the guide makes the case for CE, examines key principles for CE, and provides a clear and short list of lessons learned from the CE work to date on drug misuse. The report also outlines questions to consider in choosing techniques for CE, and assesses various specific CE methods/techniques. Although addressing initiatives to combat drug misuse, much of this resource is relevant to anyone involved in planning, implementing or evaluating CE activities.

Topics: Background/introduction, Capacity building, Determinants of health, Evaluation/effectiveness, Goal setting, Issue identification/issue framing, Planning – CE, Research, Stakeholder selection, Substance use/addiction, Vulnerable/marginalized groups

Techniques & tools: Committee/working group, Communication materials, Focus group, Group facilitation, Interview, Stakeholder forum