We used a variety of methods to engage the public, going out to where the people are and ensuring those who are hard to reach had the opportunity to share their voice and perspectives about urban wellness in their neighbourhoods. We had 3 phases in our engagement process.
We had a series of focused small group discussions and visited:
- Chinatown, downtown and North Edge businesses
- Diversity Centre, ASSIST community organization and Intercultural Centre
- Creating Hope and Ambrose Place permanent supportive housing
- Seniors Association of Greater Edmonton
- John A. McDougall School
We interviewed 40-50 residents in each of the 5 neighbourhoods. These interviews included door-to-door visits and conversations in popular gathering places like cafes, libraries and parks.
Discussions in phase 1 refined our working definition on urban wellness and informed places of interest as part of our neighbourhood walks. We organized walking tours in each neighbourhood, learning more about places that positively or negatively impacted people’s wellness and opportunities to improve.
We invited the public to learn more about the prototypes that we tested to improve urban wellness. Community members interacted with prototypes, asking questions and provided feedback to help refine these prototypes. During the panel discussion, members of the public learned about the social innovation experience directly from members of prototype teams and the Community Advisory Committee.