UNICEF Minimum Standards and Indicators for Community Engagement

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Call for Volunteers
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Anthropology, Area Studies, Public Health, Public Policy, Rural History / Studies
Dear all,

UNICEF is in the process of developing international or common standards for designing, implementing, supporting and measuring community engagement for use in development and humanitarian contexts. Community engagement (CE) is a critical strategy for working with and involving local populations. 

In this project, titled the “Development of minimum quality standards and indicators in community engagement,” UNICEF is leading a participatory and consultative process to establish international or common standards for designing, implementing, supporting and measuring community engagement, and we are seeking feedback from a wide range of experts, stakeholders, and communities. Presently, there are several examples of best practices, metrics, implementation guidelines, standards and protocols, but there are no agreed upon international or common standards for designing, implementing, supporting and measuring community engagement. Strengthening community engagement approaches that support communities to lead development and humanitarian efforts is key to building and strengthening local capacities, community structures, improving resource allocation and influencing policy at local and national level. The development of minimum standards and common indicators and methodologies is key to advancing this goal.

We are reaching out to the PELICAN community to solicit inputs during the early stages of the development of standards and indicators. We intend to return this feedback to the community through a shared online resource guide, as appropriate.
 
In particular, we are seeking examples of: 
 
    • Any available community engagement manuals, organizational CE standards, SOPs, research, reports/evaluations;
    • Recommendations for resources the project should seek to access; 
    • Monitoring frameworks; 
    • Indicator guides,
    • Recommendations for contacts - individuals, organizations, networks and initiatives - that might be well placed to contribute resources and participate in consultations. 
 
Please respond to this thread, or directly contact me (Sharon Abramowitz saabramowitz@gmail.com) or Jamie Bedson (jamiebedson1@gmail.com).
 
Best,
Sharon Abramowitz 
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