A growing number of local agencies are experimenting with
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. Some are especially excited
about online public participation software. These articles and
tip sheets are intended to help local officials both select and
implement these tools in a way that may help more fully achieve
the goal of more inclusive participation.
Local governments frequently use technology to engage their
communities in public meetings and the decision-making process.
Many such options are outlined in new resources available from
the Institute for Local Government (ILG).