Some local officials choose to use different kinds of technology to enhance their public meetings or workshops. Their goals may be to broaden participation, accelerate progress on decision making or create a “safe space” for feedback on contentious issues. These examples and tip sheets explore keypads, tablets, GIS-based mapping and other tools to see how they might support your public participation process.
Publications, best practices, reports and other resources about geographic information systems (GIS), key pad polling and other technologies that can help local governments and regional agencies inform and engage the public.
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.