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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 [...]

5 09, 2014

Bertelsmann Stiftung Releases New Study on Public Participation in Germany

By |2018-11-21T15:42:16+00:00September 5th, 2014|Europe, Public Participation, ROI|0 Comments

Gütersloh, Germany-based Bertelsmann Stiftung today released a new study on public participation in Germany, which shows increasing citizen demand for various types of participatory processes and which confirms a number of ways public participation yields positive impact (pages 4-5, in German): Vielfältige Demokratie: Kernergebnisse der Studie „Partizipation im Wandel – Unsere Demokratie zwischen Wählen, Mitmachen [...]

27 05, 2014

Consult Australia: Guide to Procuring Engagement Services

By |2018-11-21T15:42:16+00:00May 27th, 2014|Radar, Research, ROI|0 Comments

Consult Australia is an Australian industry association. From their about page (emphasis mine): Consult Australia is the leading not-for-profit association that represents the business interests of consulting firms operating in the built and natural environment. We do this at a commercial, community, industry, and government level through collaboration, education, support and advocacy. Consult Australia member firms’ services [...]

8 02, 2013

Local Government Commission: Five ROI Areas for Public Participation in Planning

By |2013-02-08T13:33:47+00:00February 8th, 2013|ROI|0 Comments

In the "participation toolbox" section of their website, the Local Government Commission (LGC) lists the following five reasons why "[m]eaningful public involvement in the planning process is worth a local government’s time and money": To enhance the quality of planning To avoid contention between interested parties To ensure swift and efficient project implementation To ensure that [...]

19 11, 2012

Participation Cymru Releases Public Participation Evaluation Toolkit

By |2018-11-21T15:42:24+00:00November 19th, 2012|Public Participation, Resources, ROI|1 Comment

Last week, Cardiff, Wales-based Participation Cymru released a new public participation evaluation toolkit. From the announcement: This toolkit describes a four stage participatory process to evaluate engagement activities in relation to the National Principles for Public Engagement. [...] The toolkit is intended to be used flexibly and users of the toolkit should feel free to adapt it to [...]

30 08, 2012

Rowe and Frewer: Outcome Evaluation Criteria used in Public Participation Evaluation Studies

By |2018-11-21T15:42:25+00:00August 30th, 2012|Research, ROI|2 Comments

The following 2006 research report by Julia Abelson and François-Pierre Gauvin for the (now defunct) Canadian Policy Research Networks (CPRN) is a helpful primer when it comes to better understanding the challenges of evaluating public participation: Assessing the Impacts of Public Participation: Concepts, Evidence and Policy Implications (PDF) On page 9, the report quotes from a 2004 paper [...]

20 08, 2012

DDC Fact Sheet: Six ROI Categories for Public Deliberation

By |2018-11-21T15:42:25+00:00August 20th, 2012|Research, ROI|1 Comment

Last week, the Deliberative Democracy Consortium published an interesting fact sheet that contains  a "sampling of statistics from large-scale [public deliberation] projects" (impact analysis data): Deliberation by the Numbers Who says you can’t quantify public deliberation? It is true that quantitative measurement hasn’t been a strong suit of the field. It is also true that [...]

3 08, 2012

Austrian Government Standards of Public Participation

By |2018-11-21T15:42:25+00:00August 3rd, 2012|Public Participation, ROI|1 Comment

As I'm starting to prepare for my session on public participation ROI at the IAP2 North America 2012 Conference, I came across Standards of Public Participation, a guidebook developed by the Austrian government and officially adopted in 2008 in an effort to "help administrative staff of the federal government in the concrete conduct of high-quality [...]

23 05, 2012

2012 IAP2 Conference: Let’s Talk Public Participation ROI!

By |2018-11-21T15:42:27+00:00May 23rd, 2012|Events, Research, ROI|8 Comments

I got confirmation from the IAP2 North America 2012 Conference program sub-committee yesterday that "[a]fter the voting by members, presenters and the public" my ROI proposal has been accepted and that I will in fact be presenting in Halifax on this super exciting topic. Woo hoo! This 60-minute session has room for up to two co-presenters. [...]

9 02, 2012

Democratic Society White Paper: Democracy Pays

By |2018-11-21T15:41:52+00:00February 9th, 2012|Europe, ROI|0 Comments

Yesterday, Gov2u pointed to a 2010 white paper by London, UK-based The Democratic Society, a "non-partisan membership organisation for democracy, participation and new ways of doing government": Democracy Pays -- How democratic engagement can cut the cost of government (PDF) While I bookmarked the document then (not least because it references ParticipateDB), I didn't blog about it [...]