Engagement can be carried out in a variety of ways. If the engagement is being commissioned by an organisation or programme, they can choose the approach which they see fit for that particular context. Criteria may include value for money or perceptions of quality in terms of information gained, the nature of the dialogue or the development of relationships. For others, companies, NGOs and community organisations, their approach may be determined by their areas of expertise, their location or their goals.  However, the choice of approach is not simply a technical decision.  As indicated, it will also impact on the nature and longevity of the relationships created by the engagement activity, outcomes which might be central to its purpose.


This section of the topic map is currently underdeveloped, in part because many of the examples that I knew about were from the UK and may not be that relevant to the AAPs.