Engaging Stakeholders & Public
A public participation process ensures that decisions reflect community needs and priorities.
Public participation consists of a variety of activities ranging from sharing information to the active engagement of citizens and stakeholders in the implementation of program or project. Building trust and demonstrating commitment is a critical component of public participation.
Public and stakeholder participation processes include:
- identifying purpose and intent,
- defining appropriate level of public and stakeholder participation,
- planning and managing all aspects of the interaction with the public, and
- assessing and interpreting the information gathered.
Words from a fellow Albertan on the power of public and stakeholder participation processes:
Email us to find out how the Community Development facilitators can assist you with the design, management and facilitation of public participation processes.
The Alberta Ministry of Municipal Affairs has created this toolkit to guide municipalities in maintaining good relationships through appropriate public input into Council decisions; it includes two handouts at the end: Citizen's Guide to Participation in Municipal Decision Making and Community Consultation for Developers.
Take a look at this tool the Community Development facilitators created on planning, designing, scheduling and facilitating a large event, based on their experiences.
The International Association for Public Participation has a great one page handout including goals, promises and possible techniques for each level of public participation.
Check out the International Association for Public Participation for information, events and training around public participation processes.