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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 [...]

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 [...]

4 02, 2014

GovLab: Seeking New Ways to Solve Public Problems Using Technology

By |2018-11-21T15:42:17+00:00February 4th, 2014|Open Government, Resources|1 Comment

The GovLab is the "governance lab" at New York University (NYU). Founded and directed by Beth Simone Noveck, it aims to "improve people’s lives by changing how we govern" and "seeking new ways to solve public problems using advances in technology and science". From their about page: Innovations in technology and science are empowering individuals [...]

8 07, 2013


By |2013-07-08T10:42:59+00:00July 8th, 2013|Resources|0 Comments

Under the theme "Transforming Our Libraries, Ourselves", The American Library Association (ALA) just concluded their annual conference this past week in Chicago, IL. One interesting tidbit from the press release: ALA Annual Conference focuses on transforming libraries, engaging communities (for the quote, see the extended version of the text) Sunday was a day for demonstrating [...]

20 11, 2012

PB Unit Releases Participatory Budgeting Toolkit

By |2018-11-21T15:42:24+00:00November 20th, 2012|Participatory Budgeting, Resources|0 Comments

Manchester, UK-based PB Unit just made their PBU Toolkit freely available to the public: Participatory Budgeting in the UK – A toolkit (PDF) The toolkit is divided into three sections. From the introduction (page 1): This is the second edition of the PB toolkit. The first was produced in May 2008. Since then, there have been significant developments [...]

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 [...]

25 05, 2012

UK Government Code of Practice On Consultation

By |2018-11-21T15:42:27+00:00May 25th, 2012|Checklist, Europe, Public Participation|0 Comments

Via this post by Anthony Zacharzewski over at The Democratic Society blog , I found the UK Government Code of Practice on Consultation (PDF), which I admit I wasn't aware of. The documents lists the following seven consultation criteria (page 4): Criterion 1 When to consult Formal consultation should take place at a stage when there is [...]

17 04, 2012

HelpMeConsult: Independent Guide to Formal E-Consultation

By |2018-11-21T15:42:27+00:00April 17th, 2012|E-participation, Resources|0 Comments

Also announced today was HelpMeConsult, another online resource for online consultations. From the blog post: The second lanch is a solo project. It’s called ‘HelpMeConsult‘ and is an independent guide to (formal) eConsultation. It contains details of the various solutions, legal matters and tips/tactics. So, just another data push? Wrong! We’re adding a premium content (subscription [...]

17 04, 2012

New Online Resource: Digital Engagement Cookbook

By |2018-11-21T15:42:27+00:00April 17th, 2012|E-participation, Resources|3 Comments

This just in via the European Democracy Online Exchange, an interesting looking new online resource that's being launched in the UK today. From the homepage: Welcome to the Digital Engagement Cookbook. The purpose of this site is simple: to help you to explore the new opportunities that the digital world offers for engaging with and empowering citizens [...]