By Christine Sylvest LarsenThis Home Office Development and Practice Report draws messages for practice development implementation and operation from research. It sets out practical guidance for practitioners and policy makers. It views community involvement as involvement by individuals or representatives of community or voluntary organisations in public policy design and implementation. The report explains how and why changes could be made, based on the findings from research. The report is based on a systematic review of ‘what works’ in community involvement in area-based initiatives. It concludes that there are no simple answers on how to increase community engagement, but it does highlight a number of principles of practice that will be useful for practitioners and policy makers.
The report is available at: http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs04/dpr27.pdf