Public Participation in Decision-Making

Go-to resources for authentically engaging the public in meaningful decision-making. 

How can citizens be involved in thoughtful conversations that don’t feel like “defend and debate”? How can decision-makers receive ideas from voices not likely to turn up at a standard town hall meeting? Dialogue can be used in many ways to inform and enhance a project, program or decision-making process, from local to national contexts. Using dialogue in public participation processes not only achieves significant immediate results, but is also proven to build greater trust between citizens and decision-makers, contributing to a stronger culture of democracy. Whether you are looking to generate ideas, have the public participate in decision-making, or anything in between, these resources can guide you.

A Strategic Framework for Public Engagement

Six considerations for sponsoring your next public engagement initiative.


Beyond Inclusion

Beyond Inclusion: Equity in Public Engagement proposes eight principles to support the meaningful and equitable inclusion of diverse voices in public engagement processes across sectors.


Public Engagement Toolkit

This toolkit is designed to support high-quality public engagement by governments and institutions.


Principles for Collaborative Public Engagement

Learn how to build an ongoing culture of participation with diverse citizenry.


Participatory Systems Change:
A Primer

This report built on ideas developed at the October 2016 Citizen Involvement and Systems Change Retreat.


Inclusion in Open Government

Learn more about our inclusive citizen engagement work.


ENABLES Framework

This document provides guiding questions to build organizational capacity in public engagement.


Where to Start? Evaluation Workbooks

The Where to Start? evaluation workbooks are designed to help individuals and organizations capture the shifts and changes in participants’ views of democracy in a systematic way to encourage better information sharing. 


If you are interested in working with us to convene transformative conversations or increase your organizational capacity to engage, our consulting services team would be happy to explore your needs today – we can design an engagement process that is right for you.

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