"Making Local Democracy Work" - a Report from the National League of Cities and the Center for Research and Innovation
Municipal Officials' Views about Public Engagement
A report titled Making Local Democracy Work: Municipal Officials' Views about Public Engagement is now available from the National League of Cities (NLC). Written by William Barnes and Bonnie Mann, the 48-page research report is available as a free download.
Excerpts from the "Highlights" section in the introduction of the report include:
In June 2009, NLC surveyed elected and managerial municipal officials regarding public engagement-- "proactive efforts to involve people in deliberating public issues and in helping to solve public problems." The report presents the findings, offers analysis and suggests further research opportunities. Here are a few highlights from the findings:
- There are regular and various public engagement processes occurring in cities...
- Local officials value public engagement from all members of the community...
- Municipal officials say that both they and the public need more training for engagement processes...
The report's Table of Contents includes:
- What Municipal Officials and City Halls are Doing
- Municipal Officials' Assessments of Local Public Engagement Practice
- Assessments of Stakeholder Roles in Public Engagement
- Concluding Thoughts for Further Research
- About the Authors
- About the National League of Cities
You can download the report by clicking on the download link above. A research brief summarizing the findings is also available.