The Public Engagement pages of the Institute’s website provide information and resources to help local officials and their communities make good decisions about the design, delivery and assessment of their public engagement processes.
“There’s a difference between input and participation. Citizens can give input through public hearings and during comment periods – essentially opportunities to sound off with their opinions. But effective solutions emerge only when citizens participate in decision making through workshops and other forums where they engage in listening, collaboration and weighing the trade-offs.” – Rick Cole, Former Ventura City Manager
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.
Technology is a powerful tool for public engagement. It can help cities and counties change the who, how, when and where of participation in local decision making. Yet it’s not a solution by itself. Whether they are oriented to the cutting edge or using more familiar tools, local officials who benefit most from technology are clear about their purposes, audiences and have staff in place to maintain it well.
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.
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.
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