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Sustaining Public Engagement – Best Practices and Resources


Publications, best practices, reports and other resources to help counties and cities sustain public engagement in local governance over time.


Effective Public Engagement through Strategic Communication

Strategic communication is an essential tool for effective public engagement. 
This tip sheet offers advice on communication strategies before, during and after the agency’s public engagement effort. The Institute is deeply grateful to the Met Group and the James Irvine Foundation for making this piece available to local officials.


Three Orientations of Local Government Public Engagement: Passive – Active – Sustaining

A tip sheet to help local officials and their communities consider strategies to develop and sustain a capacity for public engagement as a part of local governance.

Three Orientations of Local Government to Public Engagement


Approaches to Sustaining Public Engagement

There are many benefits claimed for the effective and inclusive engagement of residents in local planning and decision making. Learn about “embedded” public engagement structures and policies that can encourage a sustaining practice and culture of public involvement in community decision making, along with concrete examples from California communities.


Sustaining Public Engagement: Embedded Deliberation for Local Communities
Every Day Democracy and Kettering Foundation, 2009

This report from Everyday Democracy and the Kettering Foundation, provides insights into how public engagement initiatives can become regular practices, with concrete examples of sustained community-led dialogue and problem solving efforts that draw upon different approaches to public deliberation.

Successful Local Agency Partnerships

Successful Local Agency Partnerships

These videotaped presentations include insights on the benefits and challenges of city or county partnerships with businesses, community organizations, and schools.

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