Best Practices in Reaching Underserved Groups for Deliberative Engagement and Public Dialogues


This Environmental Scan, commissioned by the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (the Partnership), identifies practices for engaging underserved members of the public in deliberative public engagement (DPE) processes, and the use of innovative technology-based strategies within these processes.

This Environmental Scan was prepared by the Propel Centre for Population Health Impact.

The scan comprised a literature review and interviews with prominent Canadian and international experts. Considerations that emerged include:

·       DPE processes take time; there is no “one size fits all” process

·       Participant recruitment may require persistence, flexibility and adaptability

·       Controlling group composition may be necessary to ensure equitable DPE processes

·       Technology may be used most effectively to support processes rather than as the primary method. Equity needs to be at the forefront.

The findings support key considerations for engaging underserved groups in DPE processes. These considerations can ensure DPE processes involving underserved groups optimize equity and inclusion.

Download the Environmental Scan via the Partnership's Website