Information and resources about the “basics” of public engagement benefits, principles, design, and other related topics to help local and regional agencies successfully involve residents and others in local public decision-making.
Also see the Public Engagement Publications and Resources to the right to view and download publications from the Institute for Local Government.
See other sections of this website for information about public engagement associated with particular topics and challenges.
Ten principles that can serve as helpful indicators of
effective and ethical public engagement practices, as well as
guide city, county and other local officials in the design of
public engagement processes and strategies.
A set of public engagement terms and definitions to help draw
important distinctions among the various ways that residents can
become involved. Understanding these differences will help local
officials “fit” the best approach (or approaches) to the issue,
policy or controversy at hand.
You’ve devoted time, money and staff (and maybe
consultant resources) to a public engagement effort about an
important local plan, issue or policy. But so what? Here
are questions to help guide a communities’ evaluation of its
public engagement efforts.
Although the Institute endeavors to help local officials
understand technical and legal concepts that apply to their
public service, these materials are not technical or legal
advice. Officials are encouraged to consult technical
experts, attorneys and/or relevant regulatory authorities for
up-to-date information and advice on specific situations.