A Guide for Inclusive Community Engagement in Local Planning and Decision Making

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Summary:  The guide provides a comprehensive framework for inclusive community engagement in local planning and development. It is a collaborative effort by Irish organizations, emphasizing the need for respectful, inclusive, and practical approaches to involve marginalized groups in decision-making processes. The guide outlines key principles and phases for engagement, offering strategies to enhance participation and ensure that all voices are heard. It includes case studies and practical advice, making it a valuable resource for organizations and authorities seeking to foster inclusive local development.  

Target Audience: Organizations committed to inclusive local decision-making and service provision, including local authorities, public sector bodies, and community groups.




Department of Rural and Community Development with Pobal, Community Work Ireland, and the Irish Local Development Network.


Supported by the Dormant Accounts Fund

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Who is this for?

This guide is intended for any organization involved in local consultation and engagement processes, especially those focusing on marginalized communities. 

Useful Questions this can answer

  • How to engage marginalized communities effectively in local planning?  
  • What principles should guide inclusive community engagement?  
  • How to structure engagement processes? 
  • What methods can be used to evaluate and measure the effectiveness of community engagement initiatives? 

Additional Valuable Info & Insights

The guide offers practical advice, including case studies, to demonstrate the application of its principles. It underscores the need for genuine, purposeful, and inclusive engagement. 


Community Engagement, Inclusive Planning, Marginalized Groups, Local Development, Participation 

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