At the 2016 HIA Practitioner Workshop, we spent time with participants reflecting on our experiences and methods as HIA practitioners, around the topic of stakeholder engagement. We asked the question: As HIA practitioners conducting stakeholder engagement activities, are we aligned with the values and principles of our field? Using a combination of Open Space technique and video recordings, facilitators and practitioners shared stories from the field, capturing insights and lessons for the HIA community.
The objectives of our small working group were to:
Our group has been very productive since its inception in 2009! Besides creating the Guidance and Best Practices for Stakeholder Engagement in HIA (2012), our group has recently released:
And, we are hoping to release a draft resource sheet at the HIA Practitioners Workshop on key tips and tricks for working with advisory committees.
The experience of the working group and the products that stem from our session will act as a reminder that one of our core responsibilities as HIA practitioners is to share people’s stories with decision makers. By supporting the practice of oral tradition in stakeholder engagement, and by capturing the lived experiences of people in the field, our team hopes to inspire HIA practitioners to keep the practice of engagement aligned with HIA core values.
Our working group used Open Space technique to brainstorm and then discuss topic areas of importance to the practice of stakeholder engagement in HIA. The brainstorm of topics included:
After a fabulous brainstorm, we ended up talking about:
Detailed notes are available if anyone is interested.
From these conversations we filmed four stories during day two on the following topics:
Our group will work on developing the 4 videos that tell the stories and lessons that participants shared. We would like these videos to be made available to the wider HIA community through SOPHIA. We see these videos as a pilot project that may be used to inspire other HIA stakeholders (e.g. community groups, municipalities, faith-based organizations) to tell their own stories using this, or another story-telling, format.
Our group may also begin to work on the following:
Our group currently meets every 6 weeks via teleconference. If you would like to be added to our email list, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.