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AmericaSpeaks Seeking Agency Managers for Dialogue on Public Participation

AmericaSpeaks is looking to bring together agency managers who have been working to improve the level and quality of public participation within federal government. They are looking to put together a list of agency managers who can contribute their experiences and insights during a working “retreat” style meeting headed by Carolyn Lukensmeyer sometime in late May or early June. The goal of the meeting is to develop a compelling set of instructive stories from participants’ experiences, develop a set of recommendations for embedding high-quality citizen engagement in administrative process, and build a lasting knowledge-sharing network and community of practice at the federal level. Some of the background for this conference will be drawn from AmericaSpeaks’ recent report, “Public Deliberation: A Manager’s Guide to Citizen Engagement,” commissioned by the IBM Center for the Business of Government (www.businessofgovernment.org/pdfs/LukensmeyerReport.pdf). We feel there is substantial work to be done to deepen this work in understanding how participation “maps” across key policy processes such as agenda setting, policy analysis and design, and monitoring and evaluation. If you have any suggestions, please contact Lars Torres at AmericaSpeaks at lhtorres@americaspeaks.org or 802 223 4288.

Amy Lang
Amy Lang is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions at the University of British Columbia. She wrote her dissertation on British Columbia’s groundbreaking Citizens’ Assembly process, and is currently doing follow-up research on the Ontario Citizens’ Assembly.

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