The STEP Framework
This STEP framework provides guidance for community engagement about science and technology. It recognises the importance of flexible and responsive engagement and provides a principles-based approach to opening up discussions to inform better decision making.
The focus of STEP is to provide tools for engagement and dialogue between groups that have an interest in or may be affected by developments in science and technology, including the wider community and organisations that represent them, scientists and industry, and policy makers.
The framework is guided by a set of principles. There is a STEP process and platform, which describes how and who carries out STEP, and four models of engagement outlining the tools for engagement and dialogue.
STEP is intended to be a dynamic framework and play an important role in community engagement.