Elected officials make decisions as representatives of their communities. However, they also play a role in bringing the public’s voice to the decision-making process. To assist local agency officials and staff with this task, the Institute offers a variety of resources relating to the whys and hows of public engagement practices.
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.
The slides (attached at right) were presented to local officials new to local public service. Materials and resources aim to help an agency clarify its public engagement purposes, identify who an agency wants to reach and involve, and choose the public engagement approach that best fits its purpose and participation goals.