The Inter-Council Network (ICN) of Provincial and Regional Councils for International Cooperation invites you to participate in the following national survey on public engagement (PE) towards active global citizenship. This survey is one component of a three-year PE research initiative, "Exploring Public Engagement Effectiveness in Canada", that the ICN is undertaking to strengthen the capacity of PE practitioners. Future activities will include Knowledge Hubs to facilitate capacity building and collaboration between PE practitioners, a national public poll on perceptions of PE by Canadians, an annotated bibliography of academic and institutional literature on the topic of PE, and a toolkit and national conference that will bring together key learning from the program.
In the ICN’s Public Engagement Position Paper, Effectively Engaging Canadians as Global Citizens (2011), we define PE as “those activities and processes which enable individuals and organizations to traverse along a continuum from basic understanding of international development practices and the underlying principles directing those practices, through to deeper personal involvement and informed action on sustainable human development around the world.”
The ICN, comprised of the Alberta Council for Global Cooperation (ACGC), L’association québécoise des organismes de coopération internationale (AQOCI), Atlantic Council for International Cooperation (ACIC), British Columbia Council for International Cooperation (BCCIC), Manitoba Council for International Cooperation (MCIC), Ontario Council for International Cooperation (OCIC), and Saskatchewan Council for International Cooperation (SCIC), work in their respective provinces and regions to coordinate collaboration and capacity building between organizations working in international cooperation, while bringing awareness to global poverty issues.
Our goal for this survey is to better understand the scope and range of PE work in Canada. At the end of the survey you will be asked to indicate if you wish to receive ICN communications about the ICN PE research program in the months to come.
The survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. Ideally, it should be completed by your organization’s PE practitioner, or someone who is knowledgeable about your PE activities, projects or programming. It has been sent to members of Provincial and Regional Councils for International Cooperation, members of the Canadian Council for International Cooperation, Council members’ partners, and other PE practitioners engaged in relevant or related work.
Your participation will allow you to have a place in the first comprehensive, multi-dimensional examination of PE in Canada. Thank you in advance for your time and contributions.