Pat Fiorenza outlines on GovLoop five ways citizen engagement initiatives can be improved. These include: Provide a Platform for Innovation and Engagement – Make it Easy Empower the Citizenry with…
Back in October I posted I link to “Policy Formulation using Online Engagement” by Craig Thomler. It’s a useful document, in fact so useful I’ve taken some of the key points and condensed them below, I’m convinced that following this process will help in result in developing great policy – Enjoy!
(Disclaimer: Actual ‘greatness’ of policy developed may vary)
In 2012 the Scottish Government consulted with the public on how the upcoming referendum on independence should be run. Citizen Space was the consultation platform which was used for this exercise….
With New Zealand’s council currently in full swing into long term planning, it is a good time to consider the important role a citizens' panel can have during the planning process.
A citizens’ panel can be useful in two key areas:
- · Long-Term Plan Development – Testing and Pre-Consultation
- · Long-Term Plan – Public Consultation
1. Long-Term Plan Development – Testing and Pre-Consultation
A citizens’ panel gives immediate access to a representative sample of the community. This provides council planners an invaluable tool to pre-test assumptions their planning is based upon, and allows for fine tuning the plans before they go to public consultation.
In this short but insightful TED speech, Dave Meslin outlines why people shy away from public engagement and argues that it is not because people are too selfish, stupid or lazy. Meslin argues that many times the authorities and organisations involved implement processes which intentionally exclude people from participating.
Meslin says that part of the blame lies with the fact that current consultation processes can act as barriers to public feedback.