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woman raising hand over common misconceptions of online public engagement

Engaging people online can be one of the fastest, easiest and most cost-efficient methods for collecting community input. Unfortunately a few missteps in the process can negate any benefit. Knowing “best practice” for engaging online is only half the battle. You also need to watch out for some common misconceptions that can steer you wrong. So without further ado, here are our top 10. 1. Only...

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participant taking online public involvement survey

21 Tips for Project Leaders Agencies' expectations for broad and inclusive participation are on the rise and many are turning to online engagement tools as a key part of the solution. As a result, there are an increasing array to tools to choose from. Go to any planning conference and planners will be talking about their online engagement experiences and technology vendors will be demonstrating their...

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digital media for online public engagement

MetroQuest was honored to be included in the program of the 4th Annual Summit on Public Consultation & Engagement in Toronto on November 5-6, 2014. The event brought together a wide range of public engagement experts and a diverse range of delegates from the public and private sectors. We hope you enjoy this recording of the 18-minute plenary presentation “How to Use Digital Media For Faster...

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people giving public input on MetroQuest scenario survey screen

Scenarios aren’t new but they certainly have evolved. While the concept of scenario planning can be traced back to the military, planners have been using scenarios for decades. In a nutshell, scenario planning involves creating a variety of possible alternative futures and using them to inform dialog about choices and then ideally, decision making. It’s a kind of “what-if?” exercise. Having been involved in scenario planning...

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Ray Chiaramonte APA award

It all came together for me at the Rail~Volution conference in Minneapolis. Is your organization like ours with a select few traveling the world collecting and sharing stories about your work while the rest of the staff remain at home relatively isolated? I travel and collect stories. I find that they recharge my batteries and reinforce my sense of purpose. What I realized that day in Minneapolis...

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Minneapolis skyline

After successfully using MetroQuest as the online engagement platform on several projects at other Kimley-Horn locations, the Twin Cities office has followed suit to become the latest member of the MetroQuest partner program. This means that the location will enjoy discounted pricing for the use of MetroQuest as well as a host of other partner benefits. “The Kimley-Horn Twin Cities office is very excited to partner with...

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