December 2015

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group of people speaking out for public engagement

In the past few months, the public engagement community has ramped up dialogue about how to measure success. It’s a tricky question since metrics like miles per gallon are hard to find in the “social sciences.” A great place to begin in any such exercise is to clearly define what success means so we decided to do some research. Once a researcher, always a researcher I...

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grandpa and grandson with tablet using online public engagement survey

In order to compete with the clutter of information that bombards people every day there are many strategies to keep in mind to kick start your participation and keep the momentum going throughout the engagement period. One of the most important aspects of driving participants to take action is crafting powerful calls-to-action. Strong messages are those that are concise and connect with people on a deep...

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mother and daughter using laptop to fill out online public engagement survey

The best public involvement is inclusive and increasingly it is being enforced as a requirement of planning efforts. At the same time, technology is changing the way we communicate. In response, the use of online public engagement is rapidly expanding, whether it’s on your laptop at home, kiosks in the community center or the smartphone in your pocket. However, when it comes to engaging vulnerable...

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