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Citizen Participation Resources


We believe that civic engagement, or including people in your governing process, is important to your success. Whether you’re a government organisation or a business, connecting with your communities will benefit both you and your community. But getting started with a civic engagement project can be intimidating. So this week, we’ve put together a resource list for you to help you plan and feel confident about your community engagement project.


Citizen Participation Handbook - A handbook outlining citizen participation methodologies, looking at a variety of different sources to increase community engagement.

Community Planning Toolkit - An overview of the methods that Brighton and Hove are using to engage with their communities and improve their cities.

Using Online Tools To Engage The Public - This report looks at the best ways to use technology to engage citizens and communities.

How Do You 'Do' Community Engagement - A list of tools and resources for community engagement from the Minnessota department of health.

The Three Most Effective Tools For Community Engagement - A simple blog bost on how to engage with your community by using basic tools.

Community Planning Toolkit - A toolkit to help you plan and implement community engagement processes.

Discussion Guide for Educating Citizens - A guide from the New York Times on starting the conversation around civic engagement on campus.

Planning a Service Project - The Service Project Planning Guide outlines the considerations, components, and tasks necessary for planning and leading a successful community service project.

Facilitating Discussions - The Reflection Facilitation Handbook provides an overview of the relationship between reflection and service, tips for facilitating these conversations and suggestions and directions for activities.

Community Entry Tips - A guide on building your community in a thoughtful and respectful manner.

How Technology Is Changing Civic Engagement (And How It’s Not) - A blog post to reflect on the role of technology in civic engagement, and how we can use technology to strengthen the civic engagement process.

What are your biggest questions about citizen participation? Let us know in the comments!