Activity 2 – Context

From: Privy Council Office

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Activity 2
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Activity 2 helps you define the Context in which your engagement will take place. For each of the People defined in Activity 1, consider:

  • the person or group’s awareness  of the issue
  • their relationship with government
  • their confidence in the government to address their issue


Assign each person or group identified in Activity 1 a symbol (e.g. star, spiral, square) and place it next to their name on the space provided. Use the prompts to discuss where each chosen person or group falls on the continuum of left (low, negative, poor) to right (high, positive, good) and then mark each with their chosen symbol. Use past engagements or research such as surveys, interviews or published position papers to inform your ratings. If you cannot answer these questions for all People involved, you may wish to do research before moving forward.

Questions to consider: 

  • How might these factors affect my project? 
  • Will these factors need to change to achieve success?
  • What will success look like?


Activity 2 – Context
Text version

Page is split into two sections. The first section, titled “People” asks you to identify three people or groups from Activity 1 that fit the role of “Affected”, “Influencer”, or Partner” and list them on the lines provided. Affected is line 1, Influencer is line 2, and Partner is line 3. To the right of each of these lines is a box where you place a unique symbol that will represent that person or group in the following section.

The transition to the second section on the bottom half of the page is represented by a text instruction that reads “Place a symbol along the dotted line to rate each person or group’s…” To the left, there are three titles listed vertically that represent three context considerations for engagement: 1) awareness of the issue; 2) Relationship with Government; and 3) Confidence in the System. To the right of each of these Context considerations is three horizontal dotted lines (9 lines total), all split through the middle with a single vertical line. On the left end of the lines is a minus (-) symbol to represent negative perceptions, and on the right end a plus symbol (+) to represent positive perceptions. The instructions for this activity instruct you to place the unique symbol for each person or group along the dotted line based on how negative or positive you perceive they feel. Repeat this with each one of the People from section 1 for each of the three Context Considerations.

The last line on the sheet below the second section asks, “Can you answer these questions?” If not, you may need to gather more information.”

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