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7: Gain Support

Activity 7:
Engage and gain the support of a broader set of stakeholders and the community

Building awareness and understanding and soliciting support for EBDM from a broader set of stakeholders and from the community is critical to the achievement of successful systemwide change. Developing a communications strategy is therefore critical to achieving greater buy-in to the harm reduction outcomes that a policy team hopes to achieve.

Elements of an EBDM justice system include a strategy for engaging stakeholders within the justice system and those in the broader community in meaningful dialogue about the vision/goals of the justice system, the state of knowledge and research, and the local system’s performance in achieving these goals.