Community Engagement


HC Link Resources


HC Link News Digest PLUS - Community Engagement - A round-up of resources and information related to community engagement (Dec 2016).


Community Engagement

HC Link | 2018

This resource describes various levels and types of community engagement, outlines important considerations, and provides tips on how to develop and manage a successful community engagement effort. A list of resources is provided to support further investigation of this topic.


Facilitation for Healthy Communities Toolkit

HC Link | 2017

This toolkit provides a quick and easy reference guide to using seven different facilitation techniques: Ice Breakers, Visioning, 1-2-4-All, Wise Crowds, Appreciative Inquiry, Generating & Prioritizing Ideas, and Popular Theatre.




Civic Engagement: An essential ingredient of healthy communities

HC Link | 2016

This resource explores civic engagement and how it relates to the development of Healthy Communities. It also offers ideas for promoting engagement within the civic realm by looking at vehicles for collective action and examples from a number of Ontario communities.




Civic Engagement Webinar Series

HC Link | 2015-2016

Engaging Citizens for Healthy Communities: Current Challenges & Approaches

An Introduction to engaging in the review of your official plan

Inclusive Civic Engagement



From informing to empowering

Community Engagement Webinar Series

HC Link | 2012-2013

An Introduction to Community Engagement  Slides | Recording

Engaging Rural Communities Recording

Community Engagement in Policy Change  Slides | Recording

Engaging Marginalized Communities SlidesRecording



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Engaging Marginalized Populations

HC Link | 2011 

This article provides information about the Social Planning Network of Ontario's (SPNO) Engaging Marginalized Communities project (see webinar slides), as well as recommended strategies and activities to build relationships and trust with members of marginalized groups. This resource identifies key documents, websites and projects that highlight successful strategies for engaging members of marginalized communities in respectful, meaningful ways. This resource is also available in French.


Additional Resources & Documents


Community Engagement Matters (Now More Than Ever)

Stanford Social Innovation Review | 2016

Data-driven and evidence-based practices present new opportunities for public and social sector leaders to increase impact while reducing inefficiency. But in adopting such approaches, leaders must avoid the temptation to act in a top-down manner. Instead, they should design and implement programs in ways that engage community members directly in the work of social change.


Technology for Community Engagement

Tamarack | 2016

This tool provides a list of digital platforms that can be used for online community engagement. The tools are organized using the Community Engagement Continuum as a framework for understanding and generating ideas for tools can be used for various engagement strategies.


Evolving the Competitive Edge: Rural Community Engagement

Economic Developers Council of Ontario | 2015

This report presents unique barriers, successes, and tools for community engagement in rural communities and two case studies of successful rural community engagement initiatives. It summarizes the key findings and outcomes produced at a session EDCO’s 2015 conference, co-hosted by the Rural Ontario Institute and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.


Municipal Youth Engagement Handbook

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities | 2015

The handbook is designed to highlight the resources, strategies, and tools that elected municipal officials and public administrators alike can employ to address the challenges of engaging and recruiting young Canadians as future municipal leaders and workers.


Community Engagement Toolkit

Social Planning and Research Council of BC | 2013

The Community Engagement Toolkit offers an adaptable approach to designing a community engagement process tailored to specific issues and/or developments in your community. Five steps of effective community engagement planning are outlined along with forty-seven community engagement methods.


Youth Engagement Toolkit

Ministry of Children and Family Development British Columbia | 2013

The toolkit offers effective ways for engaging young people at an organizational level.


A guide to community engagement frameworks for action on social determinants of health and health equity

National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health | 2013

This reference guide describes 16 community engagement frameworks that can be used in developing and implementing community engagement strategies.


Resource Guide on Public Engagement

National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation | 2010

The Resource Guide is packed with tools and stories to help you tackle contentious problems in your community. It showcases the NCDD's best collaboratively-created products (like the Core Principles for Public Engagement and the Engagement Streams Framework), as well as highlighting a lot of the great work on public engagement that has been done by others in our field.


Handbook on Citizen Engagement: Beyond Consultation

Canadian Policy Research Networks | 2008

Provides an overview of engagement practices and resources to help plan citizen engagement projects. It is intended to help individuals and organizations in developing strategies to engage citizens in setting priorities and in making decisions.

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The Health Planner's Toolkit: Community Engagement and Communication

MOHLTC Health System Intelligence Project | 2006

This module is meant to acquaint its readers with the why and the how of community engagement. It provides definitions, theories and frameworks that lie behind community engagement, it provides examples of the manageable tensions within community engagement, and it describes basic community engagement tools. It also describes the ten steps in conducting a community engagement process.




Tamarack Institute

Tamarack works with leaders in non-profits, governments, businesses and the community to make work of advancing positive community change easier and more effective. They offer resources, consulting workshops and online learning on collective impact, community engagement, collaborative leadership, community development, and evaluating community impact. Tamarack also hosts a Community Engagement Community of Practice.


Community Tool Box

The Community Tool Box is a free, online resource for those working to build healthier communities and bring about social change. The website offers 300 educational modules and other free tools. It is a public service of the Work Group for Community Health and Development at the University of Kansas. Sections related to community engagement inclsude:


International Association for Public Participation Canada

IAP2 Canada is an association of professionals in the field of public participation (P2), who seek to promote and improve the practice. The IAP2 Canada Foundations of Public Participation flyer includes the IAP2 Code of Ethics, the IAP2 Core Values and the frequently referenced IAP2 Spectrum of Public Participation. IAP2 offers training and events and an annual conference (presentation materials are posted online).


Centre for Public Involvement

The Centre for Public Involvement is a centre of excellence to advance the practice and scholarship of public involvement. CPI brings together researchers, citizens, policymakers, public servants, industry and students through partnerships and projects to explore a wide range of issues. The collaboration advances research and learning in the area of public involvement, with the objective of enhancing decision-making at all levels.