The 2015 update to the City of St. Albert Transportation Master Plan included a variety of methods of data collection, from travels surveys to open houses. A key piece of our consultation strategy was three stakeholder workshops, where we worked with a range of stakeholders from within the City and surrounding municipalities to identify key project strategies and goals and finalize all recommendations.
A 2-day workshop was held in Yellowknife to address one of the most important and exciting challenges facing the Tłı̨chǫ Government: the preservation and growth of Dogrib culture and traditions. In the past few years, the Department of Culture and Lands Protection has been accumulating pictures, audio recordings, videos, and documents from Tłı̨chǫ members. To date over 30,000 items have been collected and digitized. The workshop provided an opportunity for participants to formulate a shared vision and purpose for a “cultural commons” data management solution.
Effective consultation with the public leads to the understanding communities need and the support decision-makers want. Communication with the client and within the project team is critical. Our approach is guided by four principles: Create equitable participation; Explore differing perspectives; Generate opportunities to develop mutual respect; Encourage thinking outside the box. Associated has a dedicated Communication and Decision Support team to provide the specific skills to manage group dynamics and the decision process. Risk is inherent in all types of communication and can arise through all project phases. Our Communication and Decision Support experts provide a cost-effective means to manage information and, ultimately, achieve balanced decisions.
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