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This guide provides users with tips to better understand their community and capacity for community engagement, strategies to define engagement goals and ways to align community, capacity and goals. Developed in collaboration with the company Department of Civic Things, this resource explores the steps needed to create a sustainable and effective engagement strategy for your government agency. The resource is divided into two parts: Part One focuses on upfront strategy and planning; and, Part…
This resource provides users with essential principles to ensure inclusivity when building a digital participation platform. The guide puts forward rules on how to communicate inclusively, guidelines on how to build an inclusive questionnaire, tips on how to combine offline and online participation and ensure representation, practical measures to build adaptable digital solutions and real-life examples for inspiration. It includes guidance and tips on how to identify groups at risk of exclusion,…
Participatory budgeting is a community engagement method for governments looking to make their communities more inclusive and participatory. This guide provides key steps for developing a defined, efficient and effective participatory budgeting process, real-life examples and best practices and an interactive worksheet to get you started. By organizing a participatory budget, public officials can tap directly into the collective intelligence of their communities and align the allocation of…
This guide supports both beginners and seasoned practitioners in understanding the basics of digital community engagement. The resource explains why users should consider digital community engagement; how to prepare, who to involve and what to communicate; as well as how to ensure continuous engagement. The publisher's intent is to support leveraging digital solutions to maximise communities' collective intelligence and allocate time and resources in a more efficient and sustainable way. The…
This guide will teaches the basics of setting up a communications plan for your community engagement efforts. The guide covers how to set up a communication plan across three engagement project phases (launch, in-progress, and report-out phase) and walks through the core, strategic steps needed. Each section includes checklists and practical tips. It draws on best practices and lessons learned from CitizenLab's collaboration with 400+ local governments worldwide. This resource is distributed via…