In 2005, the Scottish Community Development Centre published the National Standards for Community Engagement. These standards were developed with input from over 500 people from communities and agencies across Scotland. They form a best practice tool for use in engaging communities. The ten standards are:
The Involvement Standard
We will identify and involve the people and organisations with an interest in the focus of the engagement.
The Support Standard
We will identify and overcome any barriers to involvement.
The Planning Standard
We will gather evidence of the needs and available resources and use this to agree the purpose, scope and timescale of the engagement and the actions to be taken.
The Methods Standard
We will agree the use methods of engagement that are fit for purpose.
The Working Together Standard
We will agree and use clear procedures to enable the participants to work with one another efficiently and effectively.
The Sharing Information Standard
We will ensure necessary information is communicated between the participants.
The Working With Others Standard
We will work effectively with others with an interest in the engagement.
The Improvement Standard
We will develop actively the skills, knowledge and confidence of all the participants.
The Feedback Standard
We will feedback the results of the engagement to the wider community and agencies affected.
The Monitoring and Evaluation Standard
We will monitor and evaluate whether the engagement meets its purposes and the national standards for community engagement.
The SCDC website has more information about the National Standards for Community Engagement