Facilitation and Public Engagement
ESPA Consulting staff are available to facilitate sessions or meetings in an objective and inclusive manner. A strength of ESPA Consulting, we’ll help your organization and/or community to reach consensus with an emphasis on stakeholder engagement, public involvement, and open discussion.
Accessible Transportation Community Initiative
The Accessible Transportation Community Initiative (ATCI) Project is a systems change model designed to improve access to and use of transportation options in the community. Selected communities will receive on-site facilitation and targeted technical assistance during a two-day event to learn the ATCI model and develop an accessible transportation plan. ESPAC will continue to provide targeted technical assistance over the subsequent year including an on-site visit while communities implement this plan.
- Supports the creation and maintenance of strong and equal linkages among the disability community, the transportation industry, and other community groups interested in independent mobility;
- Attracts commitment at the highest levels of organizations to work on mobility solutions;
- Assists a coalition to either build on or create a new plan to address mobility issues; and
- Promotes meaningful systems change in accessible transportation within livable communities.
The ATCI framework is a model designed to reach consensus from diverse stakeholders regarding the commitment needed and actions necessary for improving mobility. Over the two-day event, ESPAC staff will facilitate discussion designed to complete the steps below.
Step 1: Establish a sense of urgency – gives everyone an opportunity to bring forth the critical issues around independent mobility for your community.
Step 2: Create a clear vision – allows the group to reach agreement around what you want accessible transportation to be in your community while helping you to become comfortable with the process of working together as a group.
Step 3: Develop an action plan – puts in writing measurable objectives and concrete steps toward achieving the change you agree is needed, including a timeline and assigned tasks.
Step 4: Grow your coalition – allows you to add members to your coalition to include the additional knowledge, influence and support it will need.
Step 5: Structure your coalition – puts in place the things needed to sustain progress over an extended period of time, such as a consistent message to communicate about your efforts and ways to maintain contact among members and keep your group viable and effective.