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Public Engagement: Involving the Community in Decision Making

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Session: 114 Public Engagement: Involving the Community in Decision Making
Audience: County Supervisors and Senior Executives and Staff
Credits: 3
Length: six hours

Community involvement is a key to idea generation, effective decision-making and public acceptance of decisions. But how can you engage the fullest participation and encourage a clear, civil and informed exchange of views? This course explores practical tips to maximize the effectiveness of public forums, hearings, town halls, and other forms of community engagement. Participants examine techniques that help the public take into account the hard choices and trade-offs in decisions, and how to demonstrate that public ideas and recommendations are taken seriously. The Institute for Local Government’s Public Engagement and Collaborative Governance program provides a resource to participants on suggestions to achieve broader involvement in civic engagement efforts.

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