Embedding an evidence-led, best-practice culture of engagement: learning from the evidence.
This report summarises transdisciplinary evidence for best practice public engagement in environmental decision-making processes. Specifically, this is aimed at engagement coordinators (e.g. policy makers, practitioners, and practice enablers) who aim to involve various participants (publics and other stakeholders) with environmental planning and other environmental decision-making processes. This includes participatory research in the natural and social sciences but does not specifically include partnership working (although some learning is relevant). The report provides an up-to-date evidence-base, derived from robust UK and international research, upon which an engagement culture, vision, and strategy can be built. It includes consideration of the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on technology adoption and inclusive engagement strategies. Recommendations for public engagement are then outlined, which are relevant to organisations seeking to embed an engagement culture, or practitioners seeking to undertake best practice engagement.