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"Can our field present a united front to the new Administration? Let's start by seeing if we can develop a set of principles for public engagement we can all endorse..."

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    Public Participation: Principles and practices (BC Auditor General), includes a framework drawn from international best practices.

    Full text is available at:

    Quoted from the report:

    Begin With Principles:

    • authenticity
    • accountability
    • inclusiveness
    • transparency
    • commitment
    • integrity

    Seven steps for designing a successful public participation

    1. Determine who the decision-maker is, what the pending decision is and who will be affected.
    2. Decide if public participation should be used.
    3. Determine the issues related to the decision for each of the affected parties.
    4. Determine the level of public participation that the decision-maker needs and what to consult on.
    5. Determine the public participation methods best suited to the needs of participants.
    6. Determine how public participation is to support and link to the decision.
    7. Determine how the results are to be used.


    • CommentAuthorTim
    • CommentTimeMar 25th 2009

    Thanks for sharing! By now, this forum must have one of the highest concentrations of principles and instructions you can find anywhere on the web. 


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