Key Principles of Community Engagement

Regardless of the type of community engagement, there are some overarching principles which guide community engagement. These principles were developed by the University of Michigan to be broad and expansive enough to cover a wide range of engagement activities and practice. The principle of recognition is related to the expertise and knowledge existing within a community. The principle of respect values individuals, communities, and their resources. Finally, the principle of equitable partnership focuses on reciprocal relationships, transparency, and accountability.

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Source: Engaged Michigan. “Principles and Values.” University of Michigan.


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