Ethical Considerations for Engagement
Community engagement is often related to processes of social change or interventions. As a result, there are almost always ethical considerations for both communities and individuals within communities. The ‘community’ (however defined) has a stake in the knowledge or data that is produced through engagement processes because it affects their resources and environment. That relationship varies if they are rights holders or stakeholders. Therefore, a principled approach is crucial to reduce the potential for any harm (e.g., lost income, increased conflict) and to mitigate against systems of continued oppression.
- Integrity of the process of engagement.
- Transparency with regard to who is involved in consultation.
- Ownership of information or data collected as part of any engagement activity.
- Developing effective data collection and sharing strategies.