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Making a Difference: A guide to evaluating public participation in central government

Public participation has become a central plank of public policy-making. Increasingly, decision-makers at all levels of government build citizen and stakeholder engagement into their policy-making processes. Activities range from large-scale consultations that involve tens of thousands of people, to focus group research, on-line discussion forums and small, deliberative citizens juries. This guide to evaluating public participation is intended to help those involved in planning, organising or funding these activities to understand the different factors involved in creating effective public participation. (continue)

Public Involvement Policy of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

The EPA's Public Involvement Policy was produced in 2003 by the United States Office of Policy, Economics, Environmental and Innovation Protection Agency. It is available for download at www.epa.gov/publicinvolvement/policy2003/policy2003.pdf. (continue)

Public Participation vs. Citizen Agency Chart

This one-page chart developed by Marie Strom outlines the different answers to questions such as "What is the definition of democracy?", "Who's in control?", "Who initiates?", "What is the aim?", and "What is pattern of interaction between citizens and government?" when looked at through the lens of "public participation" versus the lens of "citizen agency." (continue)

A Practical Guide to Consensus

This 75-page step-by-step handbook walks readers through the stages of sponsoring, organizing, and participating in a public policy consensus process. Designed primarily for government agencies or departments, the guide also is useful for any other sponsor of - or participant in - a consensus building process. (continue)

Standards of Excellence in Civic Engagement

Standards of Excellence is a tool The Harwood Institute developed to help public agency practitioners make better decisions regarding how they engage the public. The tool lays out four key standards that every agency should strive to meet if they seek to make engaging the public a core part of their work. The tool is also helpful for other kinds of organizations that engage the public. (continue)

Trainer’s Manual: Getting The Most Out Of Consensus Processes

This Trainer's Manual, designed as a "workshop for public officials," provides essential information for any individual, agency or organization that participates in a collaborative process. The workshop is presented in eight modules, each covering an aspect of what has been found to be the "best practices" in participating in a collaborative or consensus building process. It is based on the Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution (SPIDR) Report, "Best Practices for Government Agencies: Guidelines for Using Agreement-Seeking Processes." (continue)

Getting the Most Out of Public Hearings: A Guide to Improve Public Involvement

This twelve-page pamphlet provides practical ideas for making public hearings more effective forums for participants and public officials alike. Suggestions include how to add to the diversity of the public's participation, improve the quality of testimony and communications at hearings, and developing greater public trust in these processes for public decision-making. (continue)

The Next Form of Democracy: How Expert Rule Is Giving Way to Shared Governance… and Why Politics Will Never Be the Same

According to author Matt Leighninger, beneath the national radar, the relationship between citizens and government is undergoing a dramatic shift. More than ever before, citizens are educated, skeptical, and capable of bringing the decision-making process to a sudden halt. Public officials and other leaders are tired of confrontation and desperate for resources. In order to address persistent challenges like education, race relations, crime prevention, land use planning, and economic development, communities have been forced to find new ways for people and public servants to work together. The stories of civic experiments in this book can show us the realpolitik of deliberative democracy, and illustrate how the evolution of democracy is already reshaping politics. (continue)

Changing the Way We Govern: Building Democratic Governance in your Community

Drawing on case studies of successful projects, this 2006 guide from the National League of Cities (1) explains how to educate, involve, and mobilize citizens in a variety of events and initiatives, (2) describes how communities have used democratic governance approaches to address key issues (2) builds on city strategies for accomplishing key tasks using shorter-term mechanisms, and (4) describes some of the more permanent, structural forms of democratic governance that have emerged recently. Changing the Way We Govern is an essential tool for anyone who is tired of the conflict and apathy created by old-fashioned citizen involvement methods - and who wants to tap into the full potential of citizens and public life. (continue)

Collaborative Governance: A Guide for Grantmakers

This 47-page guide focuses on collaborative governance, an emerging set of concepts and practices that offer prescriptions for inclusive, deliberative, and often consensus-oriented approaches to planning, problem solving, and policymaking. Collaborative governance typically describes those processes in which government actors are participants and/or objects of the processes. (continue)

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