Public Participation

A public participation process ensures that decisions reflect community needs and priorities. Building trust and demonstrating commitment is a critical component of public participation.

Public participation consists of a variety of activities ranging from sharing information to active engagement of stakeholders in the implementation stages.

Public and stakeholder participation processes include:

  • Identifying purpose and intent
  • Defining appropriate levels of public and stakeholder participation
  • Planning and managing all aspects of the interaction with the public
  • Assessing and interpreting the information gathered

The continuum of public participation. Alberta Community Development staff can help you decide what level of public participation you are looking for as well as aid with the development and implementation of a facilitated process.

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Drawing on the experience of facilitators in the Community Development Unit, a handbook and a series of tip sheets have been created for facilitating large public events and achieving effective results.

The Alberta Ministry of Municipal Affairs has created a toolkit to guide municipalities in maintaining good relationships through appropriate public input into Council decisions.

The International Association for Public Participation has a great handout on goals, promises and possible techniques. for each level of public participation.

Check out the International Association for Public Participation for information, events and training around public participation processes. Download the IAP2 public participation spectrum.

Contact a Facilitator

Email the Community Development facilitators to discuss how they can support you and your team.

Last reviewed/revised: July 18, 2016
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