Technology and Public Input

Overview

Technology and Public Input

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.

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Broadening Public Participation Using Online Engagement Tools

This paper provides local officials with a guide to both choosing and using software specifically designed to enable consulting with the public online to enhance local decision-making.

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Using Technology for More Participation During Public Meetings

These articles provide an overview of different purposes and tools, accompanied by examples from California cities and counties.

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Technology, Tools and Techniques to Reach Your Community

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).

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A Local Officials’ Guide to Online Public Engagement

A comprehensive overview of key purposes, strategies and examples for multiple modes of online and digital engagement.

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