Engaging Hard-To-Reach Community Groups

Day in Applied Sociology 4: Attended excellent presentations from practitioners. One session focused on how to engage hard-to- reach communities in service delivery and decision-making. Another was on evidence-based policy implementation. For example how to use better data collection methods to evaluate and redesign policies and programs; from encouraging compliance with laws, to helping at-risk children, to increasing community investments. I also attended meetings with senior executives and stakeholders. My favourite meeting was preceeded by this walk to discuss logistics for the next phase of fieldwork. I love being in the field, talking to people about how we can work together to make lives better, especially for vulnerable communities. It is a true joy to be able to soak up a little sun in the process.