Frankie MacLennan, Engagement & Partnerships Project Leader with Victoria’s Department of Sustainability and Environment has sent out the following advice.
The Department is compiling a list of ‘external’ Community Engagement Practitioner so that staff can have access to a range of engagement services to help in their project work.
There is a focus on:
Work varies from engaging partners in policy development to engaging regional and rural communities in local projects. For example DSE has just conducted a series of workshops with stakeholders interested in the development of a Land and Biodiversity Policy.
The list would ideally include practitioners who are available for large as well as smaller projects and would include a geographic spread across the state.
This is not a formal tender process to build a list of ‘preferred providers’. The Engagement and Partnerships Team will manage the list and provide profiles to staff on request. The list will be dynamic and accessible for staff. The profile is a one page template which describes experience and specialist expertise, along with referees.
If you would like to be included on this list of external engagement services, please contact Rowena Myers who will send you the information: firstname.lastname@example.org and please feel free to forward this opportunity on to others who may be interested.
Sounds like a good idea – people ‘at the coal face’ know heaps! Are other states/departments doing this I wonder?