Best practices

[WEBINAR] Facing Contention ~ How to Detox Public Engagement

If you looking are you looking for effective ways to collect meaningful and constructive public input for controversial projects this webinar is for you. Watch Now Details Jeanette Janiczek from the City of Charlottesville with Jonathan Whitehurst and Sal Musarra from Kimley-Horn and Associates discuss their success with an innovative approach to public [...]

By |2018-08-27T10:50:59+00:00January 24th, 2018|Categories: Best practices, Engagement, Webinars|0 Comments

[INSIGHTS] Citizen Engagement a Top 5 Priority for Digital Cities

What’s at the top of the IT agenda for digital cities? Each year, the Digital Cities Survey reveals where cities, both large and small, are making tech investments to improve citizen services. This year, “citizen engagement / experience” ranked high on the list, in second place after cybersecurity for local government CIOs. Details [...]

By |2018-08-28T13:18:02+00:00December 20th, 2017|Categories: Best practices, Engagement|0 Comments

[WEBINAR] Mastering Online Public Engagement for LRTPs

If you're looking for cost-effective ways to engage the public for Long Range Transportation Planning (LRTP) projects this webinar is for you. Mastering Online Public Engagement for LRTPs Thursday, December 7 11 am Pacific | 12 pm Mountain | 1 pm Central | 2 pm Eastern Register Now Details Join Bob Brendal from [...]

By |2018-08-28T13:25:39+00:00November 27th, 2017|Categories: Best practices, Engagement, Webinars|0 Comments

My First PechaKucha: Engagement…Optimized

Have you ever done a PechaKucha presentation? It’s a unique twist on the traditional PowerPoint. Presenters are limited to 20 slides and the slides advance automatically every 20 seconds, ready or not! The result is a 7-minute whirlwind. There are inevitable moments of humor and the pace is energizing. I did my first one recently [...]

By |2018-09-14T16:27:32+00:00June 23rd, 2017|Categories: Best practices, Conferences|0 Comments

The Wisdom of Engaging Nervous Cyclists

It was clear to the City of Toronto that engaging less confident cyclists that make up 60% of the population, yet seldom come to community meetings, might be the key to dramatic mode shifts in the city. Here's how it happened. One of my favorite tasks is interviewing clients to prepare a case study. [...]

By |2017-05-04T13:38:30+00:00May 4th, 2017|Categories: Best practices, Engagement, Projects|0 Comments

Best Practices for Mobile Community Engagement

This year at the 2017 Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting I had the honor of joining a panel of experts to speak on the topic of community engagement in the age of mobile technology. Apparently the topic caught people’s attention. Despite being one of the final session at the conference, the turnout was excellent [...]

By |2017-01-26T16:07:55+00:00January 24th, 2017|Categories: Best practices, Conferences, Engagement|0 Comments

Engaging the Environmental Justice Community Online

This year at the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting I had the honor of joining a panel of experts to speak on the topic of community engagement in the age of mobile technology. Apparently the topic caught people’s attention. Despite being one of the final session at the conference, the turnout was excellent [...]

By |2017-01-25T20:49:27+00:00January 24th, 2017|Categories: Best practices, Conferences, Engagement|0 Comments

Why Bother with Community Engagement?

What is the highest purpose of community engagement? Why do some planners go all out to hear from the public? This article dives into these questions based on nine interviews conducted at APA 2016. Community engagement is a required component of planning projects. Some planners take a "check the box" approach and others go out [...]

By |2017-02-01T17:21:43+00:00December 13th, 2016|Categories: Best practices, Conferences, Engagement|2 Comments

[New Illinois DOT Report] 8 Recommendations to Enhance Quality Engagement

With the importance of public engagement for transportation agencies, it’s reassuring to see the efforts that agencies are making to conduct meaningful research and share best practices and leading case studies. One of the most effective examples we’ve seen was conducted by the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement and culminated [...]

By |2017-01-25T20:49:27+00:00October 17th, 2016|Categories: Best practices|1 Comment

How Much Does It Cost to Engage a Citizen?

It’s surprising how seldom we see a breakdown of the cost of public participation across multiple channels or tactics. These breakdowns give a unique window into community engagement that can be extremely useful to agencies trying to create engagement plans and realistic budgets to meet their outreach goals. That’s why we were so surprised when [...]

By |2018-09-14T16:45:57+00:00September 13th, 2016|Categories: Best practices, Engagement, Projects|4 Comments