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An Evolving Relationship: Executive Branch Approaches to Civic Engagement and Philanthropy

Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement (PACE) released its 8-page white paper “An Evolving Relationship: Executive Branch Approaches to Civic Engagement and Philanthropy” in May 2010. This white paper is based on a briefing memo prepared for a White House meeting earlier in 2010 between leaders of the philanthropic community and Executive Branch officials. The meeting focused on the topics of service, civic engagement, social innovation and public participation and where there might be shared interests between the two groups. (continue)

‘Athens’ on the Net

‘Athens’ on the Net (September 13, 2009), by Anand Giridharadas and published in the New York Times, is an article on the relationship between civic participation, open government and social media. This is a must-read for everyone involved in public dialogue and deliberation. NCDD member Jim Fishkin is quoted several times in the article. Part of the article is below; read the full article at www.nytimes.com/2009/09/13/weekinreview/13giridharadas.html?_r=1. (continue)

OpenGov Playbook

The purpose of the White House’s Open Government Directive (OGD) is to change the culture of federal agencies so that they are more transparent, participatory, and collaborative. The OpenGov Playbook (at www.opengovplaybook.org) is a place for open government practitioners at the federal, state, and local levels to share questions and effective practices about the Directive. Knowledge about the OGD is spread out across the Web; the primary purpose of this wiki-based site is to serve as a useful directory to those resources. The Playbook also […] (continue)

5th DCN Topic: The Open Government Initiative

This was the fifth topic focused on by the “Democracy Communications Network,” a 2007-2009 project that encouraged leaders in dialogue and deliberation to periodically write op-eds and blog posts as part of collaborative media campaigns that raise awareness of the importance of quality public engagement. Use the “Democracy Communications Network” tag to see all the great articles that were written in association with this project. Also see the General Tips for Writing Op-Ed Articles. For our fifth round of letters to the editor, members of […] (continue)

Stakeholder Involvement & Public Participation at the U.S. EPA: Lessons Learned, Barriers, & Innovative Approaches

With this report, the Office of Environmental Policy Innovation (OEPI) has taken a fresh look at Agency efforts to involve the public by reviewing formal evaluations and informal summaries from across the Agency that identify, describe, and/or evaluate Agency stakeholder involvement and public participation activities. Based upon their review, OEPI identifies key crosscutting lessons learned, pinpoint unique barriers and ways to overcome them, and highlight innovative approaches to stakeholder involvement and public participation. (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)

Citizen Agenda-Setting: The Electronic Collection and Synthesis of Public Commentary in the Regulatory Rulemaking Process

Digital communications technology is changing democratic governance. Federal agencies are deploying new technologies to improve citizen/government interaction during the regulatory rulemaking process. In a "Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies" released by the White House on December 17, 1999, the President called attention to the importance of upgrading the "capacity of regulatory agencies for using the Internet to become more open, efficient, and responsive" (Clinton 1999). (continue)

Assessing EPA’s Federal Advisory Committee Act Committees: 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 EPA Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) Committees. (continue)

Assessing EPA’s Listening Sessions: 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 listening sessions and the effectiveness of follow-up after them. (continue)

Assessing EPA’s Public Hearings: 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 hearings and the effectiveness of follow-up after them. (continue)

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