Some people may be aware that as part of the T-SPARC project we have adapted a model of stakeholder engagement to support the development of our work in this area. We’ve been having another look at the model this week and tweaking it a little bit so it seemed a good time for a blog post.
Through some previous work at the University we came across a model for learner engagement by FutureLab, an organisation which works with the schools sector in the UK. I’d found the model really useful in my work on student engagement in HE and we felt that it could be adapted to inform the way we engaged stakeholders within the context of the T-SPARC project.
Our model ranges from ‘notify’ in which stakeholders may encounter some publicity around a project, to ‘empower’ in which stakeholders set agendas for change. The model can be used to consider the most appropriate strategy for engaging stakeholders in a particular context. Where possible we’ve aimed to locate engagement at the right hand side of the table as this offers long term project sustainability.
Since the development of the model we’ve found that we consistently use the model to benchmark our activity. We’ve used the model in a number of ways so far within the project:
- To shape our philosophy for involving staff and students at the University in the development of the project design and its priorities
- As a resource to encourage staff to think about their engagement with students and employers in the development of programmes
- To consider our approach to the use of technology with stakeholders. The model has helped us to consider the level of involvement required at a particular level. Through Twitter and the blog we are able to keep in touch with those stakeholders at the ‘inform’ level. Whereas through the Student Academic Partners scheme students will be employed to use Flip Cameras, Voxur units and other technology to develop curriculum in collaboration with staff.
I’m really interested to hear about ways that others are engaging stakeholders so please feel free to leave comments.