Monthly Archives: June 2015

12 06, 2015

About That Ladder

By | June 12th, 2015|Public Participation|1 Comment

"Buckled ladder" by Craig Pennington is licensed under CC BY 2.0 Editor's note: This post, after having been sitting in the draft folder for quite some time, got published prematurely by accident late last week. I've made a few minor edits and added or edited two of the hyperlinks. The post was supposed [...]

8 06, 2015

Participation Week Launches in Scotland

By | June 8th, 2015|Europe, Events, Radar, Uncategorized|1 Comment

The Directorate for Local Government and Communities in Scotland kicks off a weeklong event series today that aims to explore what a more people-centric and participatory government might look like. From Eventbrite: Participation Week is a chance for all of us involved in public services to learn together about how we involve people more in the development [...]

5 06, 2015

White House Seeking Input on Third Open Government National Action Plan

By | June 5th, 2015|Open Government, Open Policymaking, Public Participation|0 Comments

As per an announcement on the White House blog yesterday (emphasis mine): Consistent with the commitment to the Open Government Partnership, later this year the United States plans to publish a third Open Government National Action Plan (NAP) including new and expanded open government initiatives to pursue in the next two years. The first U.S. NAP [...]

4 06, 2015

Irvin and Stansbury: Advantages and Disadvantages of Public Participation

By | June 4th, 2015|Public Participation, Research, ROI|4 Comments

A few days ago, I came across this 2007 article in the International Journal for Public Participation (IJP2) by Renee A. Irvin and John Stansbury: Citizen Participation in Decision-Making: Is it Worth the Effort? (PDF). In it, the authors list a number of advantages and drawbacks of public participation and weigh the trade-offs between the potential benefits [...]

3 06, 2015

San José, CA on Track to Launching Participatory Budgeting Pilot

By | June 3rd, 2015|Participatory Budgeting|1 Comment

Newly-elected Mayor Sam Liccardo of San José, CA continues to advocate for the introduction of a participatory budgeting program for the city. A quick look back: Here's a May 23, 2013 article in the Mercury News that outlines then-Councilmember Liccardo's original proposal: The idea is to provide $100,000 for each of the 10 council districts to [...]

2 06, 2015

From Wales: National Principles for Public Engagement

By | June 2nd, 2015|Public Participation|0 Comments

Speaking of guidelines, here's another interesting resource (which we mentioned in passing a while back) from Participation Cymru, a "partnership of public and third sector organisations" hosted by the Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA): National Principles for Public Engagement in Wales (PDF) The ten principles are: Engagement is effectively designed to make a difference [...]

1 06, 2015

City of Guelph Participant Responsibilities in Community Engagement

By | June 1st, 2015|Public Participation, Radar, Resources|1 Comment

Via Twitter, I just came across a very nice set of guiding principles for community engagement from the City of Guelph (located in Canada near Toronto, Ontario). The page lists responsibilities for the key parties involved in the public participation process: the community engagement team, city employee, participant, and council. It's a very solid resource, but I [...]