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Collaborative Governance in Local Government: Choosing Practice Models and Assessing Experience

This workshop at NCDD's 2006 conference addressed how civic engagement practitioners can assist local governments in thinking systematically about and choosing among the various forms of civic engagement in public decision-making, and here is where you can find all five handouts/presentations that from this popular session. (continue)

Option Technologies, Inc.

Option Technologies provides interactive tools that improve group collaboration and decision-making in either face-to-face or multi-site meetings. Ideal for immediate assessment or rating lists of brainstormed ideas 'on-the-fly,' OTI's OptionFinder technology polls meeting participants who then respond from their pocket PC, computer, or wireless keypad. OTI's facilitator-friendly solutions include easy-to-use, PowerPoint-based software and portable, cost-effective response keypad options. AmericaSpeaks uses Option Technologies for the keypads each participant uses during their 21st Century Town Meetings. (continue)

Assessing the Effects of Public Participation

This article presents the results of research designed to test participatory democracy assertions that high-quality public participation can affect participants' beliefs in desirable ways. It examines the relationships between exposure to quality participation and participant beliefs about the trustworthiness and responsiveness of a public agency and the value of including different viewpoints in public meetings. (continue)

U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution

The U.S. Institute provides a neutral place inside the federal government, but independent of other agencies, where public and private interests can reach common ground through the use of non-adversarial, interest-based negotiation. The U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution was created by Congress to assist parties in resolving environmental, natural resource, and public lands conflicts. The U.S. Institute is a program of the Morris K. Udall Foundation, an independent federal agency. (continue)

Online Dialogue on Conflict/Situation Assessments

The fundamental aim of the Online Dialogue on Conflict/Situation Assessment was to simultaneously advance the field's experience and thinking in two areas: the use of online tools and the practice of conflict/situation assessment. The impetus for the 2003 Online Dialogue on Conflict/Situation Assessment project evolved out of two roundtable discussions held during the 2002 Conference on Environmental Conflict Resolution, hosted by the U. S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution (U.S. Institute) in Tucson, Arizona. One of these roundtables discussed the theory and practice of conflict/situation assessments; the other talked about the use of cutting-edge online technology to improve environmental and public policy dispute resolution and policy formulation. (continue)

Innovations in Democracy: An Evaluation of the Rogue Valley Wisdom Council

Discussions about participatory democracy frequently focus on levels of participation and its direct effects on policy-making. A new model for community dialogue has been developed called The Wisdom Council. This model focuses on high-quality conversation in a small group of participants, with a goal of affecting overall community conversation. Despite, or because of, its newness, there have been no critical evaluations of this approach. Recently, a Wisdom Council was held in the Rogue Valley of Southern Oregon. This 68-page thesis provides an evaluation of that event. (continue)

What We Know Works

This guide translates complex evaluation research into actionable strategies needed to build stronger communities. What We Know Works is a primer that summarizes current research in four broad areas: healthy families and children, thriving neighborhoods, living-wage jobs, and viable economies. These are issues of paramount concern to citizens and of critical importance to the future of all communities. This resource provides a road map through the array of social service programs and a starting point to address discrete issues - from quality childcare to homelessness to downtown revitalization. (continue)

Awakening Participation: Building Capacity for Public Participation in Environmental Decisionmaking

This REC Public Participation Training Module / Participant Workbook reinforces the REC's ongoing commitment to increasing public participation in environmental decision making. The Training Project is an outgrowth of the expertise gained through several years of REC policy research and cooperation with environmental leaders throughout the region on public participation issues, and following the development of a series of REC public participation workshops and publications. This Training Project addresses the needs to overcome local obstacles to effectively involve the public in environmental decision making processes. (continue)

Public Involvement Needs Assessment

A Needs Assessment of outreach and public participation practice at the California Water Boards, which consist of the State Water Board and its nine regional Boards, was performed by the Center for Collaborative Policy (CCP). The purpose of the Needs Assessment was to gather data to inform the development of a manual and companion Water Leadership Academy training course, which will provide tools to Water Boards staff to build their capacity to more effectively design and conduct public participation and outreach efforts. This Needs Assessment Report will also inform the Water Boards' report to the California State legislature pursuant to Senate Bill 1949. (continue)

Assessing EPA’s Public Meetings: A User’s Guide with Questionnaires

This user's guide gathers information and tools for EPA staff to use in generating feedback on the effectiveness of public meetings and the effectiveness of follow-up after them. (continue)