Crafting interactivity for stakeholder engagement: Transforming assumptions about communication in science and policy

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Abstract

The International Radiation Protection Association's guiding principles for stakeholder engagement focus on fostering, facilitating, and enabling interaction among stakeholders that is inclusive and fosters competent decision making. Implicit in these standards is a call to cultivate knowledge and competence in designing communication for stakeholder engagement among radiation protection professionals. Communication as design is an approach to risk communication in science and policy that differs from, yet complements, the more well-known communication practices of informing and persuading. Design focuses on the recurring practical problem faced by professionals in making communication possible among stakeholders where it has otherwise been difficult, impossible, or even unimagined. The knowledge and competence associated with design involves principles for crafting interactivity across a variety of mediated and non-mediated encounters among stakeholders. Risk communication can be improved by cultivating expertise in scalable communication design that embraces the demands of involvement without abandoning the need for competence in science and policy communication.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)531-535
Number of pages5
JournalHealth physics
Volume101
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Epidemiology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

Keywords

  • International Radiation Protection Association
  • National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements
  • public information
  • risk communication

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