Public Involvement

Leadbeater: Why Collaboration Works

Leadbeater: Why Collaboration Works

Charles Leadbeater briefly summarizes key points about collaborative efforts in the video of the last post, and I’d like to single out a few ideas that are especially relevant to public policy collaboration as well as public participation. This post will introduce the subject and will be followed by others addressing each process in more […]

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Who's the Public? Two Views

Who’s the Public? Two Views

In the last post I outlined a method of public involvement based on a model of interest group competition. The main players in that approach are the sponsoring agencies and the organized advocacy groups. The public at large is consulted but plays a very limited role. I’d like to add a few more thoughts about […]

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Who's the Public in Public Involvement?

Who’s the Public in Public Involvement?

This is the first in a series of posts on the role of the public in governmental decision-making. This one addresses the practical implementation of a widely used model of participatory process. The next will suggest alternative ideas about how the public might be regarded, and the third will examine new technologies for participation that […]

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Rich Harwood on Engaging the Public

Rich Harwood is one of the major voices arguing for basic changes in the methods of engaging the public in policy questions. Through the Harwood Institute, which he established in the 1980s, he has published numerous studies and guides on how people relate to public issues, where they seek out trustworthy information and how they […]

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Convening Collaborative Public Involvement

In this video from Policy Consensus Initiative, a Texas State Senator discusses the process he used for convening a group of public stakeholders to help address major highway issues. You can find other videos in this excellent series here. Policy Consensus Initiative (PCI) builds and supports networks that provide states with leadership and capacity to […]

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Community and Technical Knowledge in Public Involvement

Community and Technical Knowledge in Public Involvement

Public involvement sometimes presents a stark contrast between community and technical knowledge. Often public agency representatives, with the best intentions of gathering information about local concerns, may arrive at a community meeting, make a presentation, but find itself facing a lot of frustrated and angry people. The meeting might end with members of the community […]

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