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Working Together: Involving Community and Stakeholders in Decision-Making

This guide from Western Australia's Office of Citizens and Civics includes techniques and tools to help ensure that consultation processes are clear, fair and ultimately rewarding for all those involved. (continue)

Understanding Deliberativeness: Bridging Theory and Practice

Principles of deliberation developed by theorists are seldom tempered by the experience practitioners in the field have acquired. Drawing on several case studies of deliberative democratic initiatives in Western Australia, this paper seeks to highlight areas where theory and practice meet and diverge. Theoretical concepts of egalitarian processes, reasoned deliberation, consensus/common ground, and influence provide the framework for discussion. The paper offers lessons learned about deliberation, representation, and influence using different deliberative techniques. Concomitantly, it poses questions requiring further research. (continue)


Developed by the Citizens and Civics Unit of the government of Western Australia, the Citizenscape website is designed to provide resources for those interested in active citizenship and community consultation and participation. The site incorporates a catalog of direct links to government consultation efforts on a range of policy issues. (continue)

e-Engagement: Guidelines for Community Engagement using Information and Communications Technology

This document provides a framework for online consultations and should be used with reference to the Consulting Citizens series of guides . Information and communications technologies are constantly evolving, and this document has captured the current status of the ever-expanding ICT field. (continue)

Whose Plan? Considering an Integrated Partnership for Developing Integrated Plans for a Sustainable Future

Ron Thomas developed this matrix with his class on participatory planning to attempt to help clarify who's doing what AND why some effective participation methods and practitioners have not been more widely embraced by the U.S. (urban, regional, land use, transportation) planning profession. He found that there are very few truly participatory planning models, methods or practitioners, which is perpetuated by the general lack of their inclusion in the core planning curricula nationwide. (continue)


iPlan is a New South Wales, Australia government initiative coordinated by the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources. The website is intended as a source of reference for anyone keen to improve the quality of community engagement in the NSW planning and development system. This website is a starting point in fulfilling the need for practical guidance on how to conduct quality processes of community engagement in the NSW planning system. (continue)

Public Participation in Environmental Decision Making – Rhetoric to Reality?

There are many methods of and opportunities for public participation in environmental decision-making in Australia. The emphasis in this paper is on methods of public participation in environmental management decision-making which lie outside the normal representative political process, having stronger foundations in participatory democracy. In particular the potential of discursive and deliberative forms of participatory democracy is discussed. (continue)

Samoan Circle

The Samoan circle is a leaderless meeting intended to help negotiations in controversial issues. While there is no leader, a professional facilitator can welcome participants and explain the seating arrangements, rules, timelines and the process. As with the Fishbowl process, the Samoan circle has people seated in a circle within a circle, however only those in the inner circle are allowed to speak. The inner circle should represent all the different viewpoints present, and all others must remain silent. The process offers others a chance to speak only if they join the inner circle. (continue)

National Patient-Safety Strategy in the Works

A small steering committee will oversee development of the national strategy, with input from approximately 5 working groups. "The committee will be expected, over the next 6 months or so, to develop a fairly detailed draft proposal, with a business plan, and then distribute it to all the participants and other organizations that we hope will be involved," said Langer. (continue)


A conference is usually organised by a like-minded group or association to share information, present the latest innovations, and/or to make decisions about or on behalf of the organisation. Conferences can vary from 'shoestring' budget gatherings to large-scale, week-long events that may justify hiring a professional conference organiser. (continue)