We have begun a bottom up approach to engage the community through building awareness, sharing information, working to co-develop solutions and strategies with community members, and involving and mobilizing the community towards improvement. Our goal is to ensure that Norwalk community members most impacted by systems change work are in leadership positions raising their voices, developing solutions, and making decisions that achieve equitable outcomes for every Norwalk child and young person.
The community engagement spectrum informs how Norwalk ACTS engages the community. The direction of the Community Engagement Spectrum moves from informing to shifting ownership. It represents mobilizing people to support or provide limited feedback to organizing people who want to become decision makers, advocates, and leaders. Moving community engagement to the right side of the spectrum means giving the decision-making power to community members most impacted by the decisions—our north star goal.
Community engagement spectrum stages include: