This 2-page document was used as a handout for the workshop entitled “Collaborative Governance in Local Government: Choosing Practice Models and Assessing Experience” given by Terry Amsler, Lisa Blomgren Bingham, and Malka Kopell at the 2006 NCDD Conference. While most public involvement strategies offer positive results for all, some efforts are not as effective as sponsors and participants would like. Outlined in this two-page document are a few of the ‘hot spots’ where extra attention may mean the difference between success and failure. Download the handout here.
Ten Public Involvement ‘Hot Spots’
Voices in and outside of government are stressing the importance of involving communities in the public decisions and policymaking that affects them. The Public Policy Institute of California has described “a need to inform and motivate citizens about participation beyond the ballot box.” Local government is responding and collaborative efforts exist throughout California that address budgetary, housing, land use, environmental, and other issues.
While most public involvement strategies offer positive results for all, some efforts are not as effective as sponsors and participants would like. We offer below a few of the “hot spots” where extra attention may mean the difference between success and failure.
The Collaborative Governance Initiative, a program of the Institute for Local Government, supports informed and effective civic engagement in public decision-making and helps local officials in California successfully navigate among the many community involvement options that bring the public’s voice to the table on important issues. See the Institute’s website at www.ca-ilg.org/cgi.