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What Is Public Engagement and Why Do It?


This publication has information to help local officials better understand how to get residents involved. 

What Is Public Engagement?

A set of public engagement terms and definitions to help draw important distinctions among the various ways that residents can become involved. Understanding these differences will help local officials “fit” the best approach (or approaches) to the issue, policy or controversy at hand.

Why Engage the Public in Local Decision-making?

Local governments throughout California are applying a variety of public engagement strategies and approaches to address issues ranging from land use and budgeting to climate change and public safety. They are discovering a number of benefits that can result from the successful engagement of their residents in local decision making.

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