Dine and Talk we want to provide opportunities for more racialized and immigrant families to actively participate in these consultations, to ensure their voices are heard and can be part of a strategic planning process. We also want to provide an alternative option to community gatherings given the impact of COVID-19.
We believe that in its success this will provide a methodology of outreach and engagement that could be adopted by our partners as a sustainable practice to gather important opinions from the community.
As residents of our community, we have learned that there have been multiple public consultations over the last 3 years however they are not well attended and, in many cases, do not represent the diversity intended of residents in the Region of Durham.
DurhamONE will identify upcoming strategies, programs and initiatives that would require community public consultation and surveys.
DurhamONE would then outreach and engage 30 families per year to take part in a consultation from the comfort of their homes. To accomplish this, each family will be asked to identify a representative who would lead this inclusive conversation.
The family representative would then engage in training to support the facilitation process within their family unit, in consultation with DurhamONE.
DurhamONE would provide a facilitator’s guide for the family representative to lead the discussion. At an assigned time, the family will engage in a 30-minute summary session with a representative from DurhamONE and a stakeholder from the community partners who will utilize the results from the consultation to plan future strategies, programs and initiatives.
The family will be asked to complete an experiential evaluation upon conclusion of the session and would receive a small stipend to acknowledge their participation, and to support a family