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Public Engagement Signposts – July 2014

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This regular feature of ILG’s Public Engagement E-News offers useful information and resources about public engagement practices, innovations and ideas from sources in California and elsewhere.

Journal of Public Deliberation

The latest issue of the Journal of Public Deliberation (Volume 10, Issue 1) is a special issue of the Journal that assesses the state of the deliberation field with articles celebrating successes, addressing challenges and calling for further innovative work. A large and impressive group of individuals, both scholars and practitioners, have contributed to this special issue. Access this issue here.

City of Santa Rosa features its community engagement services

The City of Santa Rosa features its community engagement services, activities and related information on its website devoted to these purposes. Included is information on upcoming local elections including candidate qualifications and nomination periods, as well as on the community improvement grant application process, opportunities to participate in the “Coffee with a Department Head” get-togethers and more. Visit Santa Rosa’s Community Engagement Program here.

Third International Conference on Participatory Budgeting

The Third International Conference on Participatory Budgeting in North America will be held on September 25-27 in Oakland & Vallejo California. The conference will provide a space for participants and organizers of participatory budgeting processes to share and reflect on their experiences so far, alongside interested activists, practitioners and scholars. Click here for information about the conference and registration.

A Manager’s Guide to Assessing the Impact of Government Social Media Interactions

A useful new publication, A Manager’s Guide to Assessing the Impact of Government Social Media Interactions, from the IBM Center for the Business of Government has recently been released. Click here for more information. This report addresses the key question of how government should measure the impact of its social media use as agencies rely more heavily on social media to interact with the public, including the dissemination of information to citizens. While drawing significantly on experiences at the federal government level, the measurement-related information and points of guidance provided will likely be useful to those at all levels of government. The report is authored by Dr. Ines Mergel, Associate Professor of Public Administration at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.

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