The Phase 2 study should include processes for involving and communicating with stakeholders. A plan for stakeholder engagement should be developed prior to the initiation of data gathering and analysis for this study.
Stakeholder engagement is an essential element of any risk assessment process that addresses important public interests. Several approaches were used in this Phase 1 study to engage with stakeholders. The Phase 2 study can build on these Phase 1 efforts to achieve effective collaboration with local people and officials and increase social trust and confidence. To this end, the Phase 2 study should develop and execute an engagement plan that includes processes to:
It is important that the engagement plan be developed prior to the initiation of data gathering and analysis to ensure early engagement with stakeholders in the Phase 2 study. It will also be important to monitor how stakeholder views and concerns change during the study in response to external events. Adapting the plan to changing events can improve the success of engagement efforts.
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