Stakeholders and Schools

Importance of Relationships

What are Stakeholders?

A stakeholder is an individual or group with an interest in the success of an organization in fulfilling its mission—delivering intended results and maintaining the viability of its products, services and outcomes over time. School stakeholders may include administrators, teachers, staff members, students, parents, families, community members, local business leaders, and elected officials such as school board members, city councilors, and state representatives.

What are Communities?

Communities are groups of individuals linked together by:

  • Issues

  • Identity

  • Interaction

  • Geography

The have a common goals and work together to achieve those goal.

Engagement is not a one-time process. You may reach closure on a specific initiative, but community engagement in some form will continue. For successful engagement, it’s necessary to have continual improvement – and to share lessons learned, within and outside the company.

For your engagement process to be a success, you need to focus as much on internal resources (your employees’ skills) as on external elements (your stakeholders’ needs). Use experiences from other communities to improve your future engagement. Be transparent and accountable to the community. It is important to be transparent and accountable to the community. They should be kept up-to-date on the school’s process, outcomes, and next steps. Use feedback to continually evaluate the process.

Community Engaged Research and Schools