Local governments throughout California have experienced a variety of benefits thanks to inclusive public engagement. ILG provides tipsheets and resources to effectively plan and implement inclusive engagement strategies. These resources range from the benefits of, and steps for planning successful engagement to specialized approaches to issues such as budgeting, land use, immigrant engagement, and economic development. Whether its supporting and connecting with local leadership programs as a pipeline to engage specific populations, or partnering with local community based organizations – from faith based groups to art or business associations – to reach beyond the small slice of the public that most frequently attends meetings, ILG’s inclusive community engagement resources will point you in the right direction.
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.
Research, resources and case stories to help ensure that participation in public engagement efforts more fully reflect the demographics of your community.
This includes information about ways to work with community partners to engage a broader cross section of the community, including youth and immigrant residents, as well as how to work more effectively with clergy and congregations.
Resources and case stories to help local officials in California successfully engage and integrate immigrant residents into the civic and public life of their communities. Also see information about pathways for legal permanent residents to achieve U.S. citizenship, and strategies for local officials to support these citizenship efforts and to engage new citizens in their community.
Resources and case stories to help facilitate partnerships between local governments and community based organizations.
Many local officials report that often just a narrow slice of their community participates in public decisions. A key strategy many local agencies use is nurturing relationships with community-based organizations to reach and engage a broader cross section of residents.
Community-based organizations can offer unique and important insights into the challenges and opportunities facing residents in their area and can help local officials improve their ability to communicate and connect with a wide range of community members.
Local agencies that take the time to assess their engagement strategies and activities are more likely to learn from their experiences and improve their future efforts. These resources and worksheets are designed to support local agencies as they explore how to measure success.
Map Key: Cities – star shape; Counties – square shape
Purple – Broadening Participation; Orange – Difficult Situations in Public Engagement; Green – Planning, Housing and Sustainability; Blue – Budgeting; Aqua Blue – Health and Other Human Services; Red – Reentry, Emergency Preparedness and Public Safety; Brown – Public Works; Black – Online Public Engagement & Technology; Gray – Sustaining Public Engagement