This resource was shared with me by one of our COPUS participants who thought it may be of interest:
The new Public Engagement Primer from Public Agenda is a valuable resource for those trying to better understand what public engagement is all about, and for those trying to explain it.
In a few short pages, the Primer explains how public engagement helps create civic capacity for public problem solving, offers 10 core principles of effective public engagement and enlists a few examples of key practices and strategies. The Primer also describes the power of “Citizen Choicework,” a critical element in many deliberative processes.
Some other essentials covered in the Primer:
â–ª Authentic public engagement vs. business as usual
â–ª Capacity-building vs. event-oriented approaches to engagement
â–ª Responding thoughtfully and conscientiously to the public’s involvement
â–ª Building long-term capacity
â–ª Strengths and weaknesses of various engagement approaches and strategies.
The PDF is available for free download at: http://publicagenda.org/pubengage/pdfs/publicengagementprimer.pdf
More information is available through Public Agenda’s Center for Advances in Public Engagement at: http://publicagenda.org/pubengage/pe_cape.cfm
Public Agenda’s Center for Advances in Public Engagement (CAPE) researches, develops and disseminates new insights and practices that contribute to the field of public engagement. CAPE is dedicated to creating new and better ways for citizens to confront pressing public problems through dialogue, deliberation and collaborative action.
Alison Kadlec, CAPE Associate Director
Public Agenda 6 East 39th Street, New York, NY 10016 212.686.6610 xt. 40 email@example.com