Influence and Participation methods have traditionally focused on person-centred, face to face meetings, focus groups and workshops. During the global pandemic however, this has brought about fundamental changes in everyone’s ways of working. These have involved making adaptations that have proved to be extremely challenging, both for people facilitating events and for people participating in them.
This section will set out best practice for how Influence and Participation can be run effectively remotely, while also setting out useful reminders as to the kinds of simple adjustments which can have a huge impact on the ability of people from diverse backgrounds to contribute.
Regardless of how Influence and Participation activities are delivered, it remains vitally important to work in accordance with the key principles of accessibility, diversity, equality, and reciprocity (getting something back for putting something in) to ensure that Influence and Participation is as inclusive as it can be.
Minnie is our Mind's 2020 internal influence and participation award winner for her work on strategy development. Below she shares her top tips