E4A community engagement can take many forms and requires a variety of options for convening and connecting to engage meaningfully. There are many ways to receive input, and VCC assesses which tool is needed on a case-by-case basis. Tools may include a consultation, a full community meeting or conversation, a survey, talking with one individual, or a social media campaign. Engagement may be directly with the voices of lived experience of poverty or with organizations, groups, or agencies. Continuous feedback is important to meaningful convening and different methods of reporting back are used.
Examples of types of engagement activities
Tailored: One or two individuals or organizations engaged (i.e. media opportunity, connection to an E4A Champion, etc.).
Consultations: A group of people or organizations, either convened directly for E4A (i.e. informal Champion chats, specific VCC-directed engagements with the voices of lived experience) or designed to the needs of an organization requesting consultation with the E4A Community (i.e. connect with those identifying as the voices of lived experience within the E4A Community).
Broad Community Conversations: Invitation to all Calgarians, partnership with a Champion organization, direct connection with E4A levers of change.