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5 11, 2015

U.S. Department of Energy Guidance on “Effective Public Participation”

By |2015-11-05T23:55:58+00:00November 5th, 2015|Dictionary, Public Participation, Resources|0 Comments

As I was searching the web today for resources on the history of public participation in the United States, I came across this paper (PDF) from 1998 by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of NEPA Policy and Assistance outlining a number of recommendations regarding effective public participation. The document defines public participation as follows: Definition of [...]

27 10, 2015

Public Participation in the Third U.S. Open Government National Action Plan

By |2018-11-21T15:42:13+00:00October 27th, 2015|Open Government, Participatory Budgeting, Public Participation|0 Comments

Today, the United States released their third Open Government National Action Plan (see also our previous posts here and here). Once again, the plan includes a number of items related to public participation, one of the three open government pillars contained in the original memorandum and directive back in 2009: U.S. Public Participation Playbook (page [...]

12 06, 2015

About That Ladder

By |2018-11-21T15:42:13+00:00June 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 [...]

5 06, 2015

White House Seeking Input on Third Open Government National Action Plan

By |2018-11-21T15:42:13+00:00June 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 |2018-11-21T15:42:13+00:00June 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 [...]

2 06, 2015

From Wales: National Principles for Public Engagement

By |2018-11-21T15:42:13+00:00June 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 |2018-11-21T15:42:13+00:00June 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 [...]

28 05, 2015

IAP2 Spectrum Review: The Big Picture

By |2018-11-21T15:42:13+00:00May 28th, 2015|Public Participation|3 Comments

If your work has anything even remotely to do with public participation (or public involvement, or community engagement, or collaborative governance, or whatever term people tend to prefer in your part of the world), you've probably heard of the IAP2 Spectrum of Public Participation (PDF). We've certainly mentioned it more than a few times here on this blog. [...]