We want to help people have a say in decisions that affect their lives. However, we know that people are often excluded from the standard processes and structures that exist, and that some people are excluded more often than others.
At Traverse, we want all the processes we run – whether an engagement workshop, an online consultation, research project, or evaluation – to be inclusive; enabling all who want to participate to be able to do so in a full and positive way.
As such, we like to talk about how we can keep getting better at this. We talk to friends, partners, and clients to learn from them and their experiences. We’re collating the resources we have found useful below – this is a living page that we update monthly.
If you are interested in inclusive practice, or can recommend a useful resource or approach, please get in touch. You can either email the team below, or join the.
In October 2019 we hosted our first practice share session where we worked with a group of peers to come up with 10 recommendations for inclusive practice. One year one, in 2020, we met again to reflect on progress, challenges and changing perceptions of inclusion over a tumultuous year.
We had a really challenging involving colleagues from other research and engagement consultancies, health and social care, charities and membership organisations. The work and change needed to achieve equity and justice sometimes feels immense, particularly the challenge of addressing who misses out in the shift to digital working. At the same it was great to hear about some of the positive action taken by organisations to start to make good, including: equality impact assessments for new projects and programmes, lived-experience panels and inclusive practice focussed organisational KPIs.
One of the key ideas to come out of the discussion was the need to move beyond principles to accountable and measurable critiera for inclusion, that can drive real change. We'll be sharing a draft set of measures in the coming weeks but in the meantime check out the timelapse video to the right, where our in house livescribe Skye McCool captures the key topics for discussion.