A Stakeholder Engagement Strategy sets out:
There are five guiding principles influencing stakeholder engagement strategy selection:
Inclusivity -The initiation of the SMP process should indicate whether a participatory or a consultative approach is adopted and outline the extent of wider community involvement.
Transparency - Timely, accurate, comprehensive and accessible recording of representations, decisions and their justification is required to track decisions. The strategy should indicate who has responsibility for this.
Appropriateness - The range of stakeholders, their level of involvement and likely knowledge, the potential for differences of view and the opportunity for awareness raising will influence the approach adopted.
Clarity - The roles of different "players", including where final decision-making lies, must be made clear in the strategy.
Comprehensiveness - The strategy should cover all stages, including plan dissemination and arrangements for reporting on stakeholder engagement.
Key Stakeholders are involved at a number of stages in the SMP development. These include: