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Understanding How Lack of Trust in Government Affects Community Engagement

When we look to engage with public participants, we know there will not only be opportunities for us to learn more about the communities but, also where there might be some larger issues at hand that might prevent you from getting meaningful feedback and interactions. One of the most prevalent, especially in large metropolitan and …

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Reach Diverse Stakeholder Groups in Your Engagement Project

Although all engagement consultations come with their own unique set of challenges, one of the hardest things one can do when considering working on any community project is to make sure we’re able to grasp input from a variety of people. While easier said than done, there are some methods and strategies that we’ve seen …

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Voices in Community Engagement: Nina Rinaldi with Shoal Creek Conservancy

This interview is the first in a series of interviews called Voices in Community Engagement, where we speak with project leaders who have had successful engagement and outreach efforts. Our goal is to give our clients an opportunity to share about their project and their public engagement process. Nina Rinaldi works with the Shoal Creek …

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IAP2 2020 Conference – What We Learned

This year, the IAP2 North American Conference was held virtually due to the global pandemic. As sponsors of the event, we loved hearing the insights and advice from engagement experts across a range of industries. In case you missed it, here are our key takeaways from this year’s conference! Building trust between local government and …

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Participatory Budgeting – What is it and How Can We Implement it?

With the public expectation of being involved in government spending on the rise, Participatory Budgeting is becoming a much more common way that all levels of government are engaging with their local community. Participatory Budgeting is the most direct way to give stakeholders a say in how tax dollars are spent by allowing the community …

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Public Participation in Comprehensive Planning

The overall goal of a comprehensive plan is to address the values and desires of a community and reflect its desired future. To ensure a comprehensive plan directly addresses what the community wants, it is extremely important to engage the community. It’s easy to ask the community for input, but ensuring participation can be a …

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Identifying Stakeholder Groups – 8 quick tips to help your next engagement project reach all the right people

Whether you’re developing a new residential masterplan, redesigning a transport network, or collecting ideas for a placemaking project, identifying the right stakeholder groups is an essential part of the planning process. Put simply, stakeholder groups are any collection of people with a common relationship to your project or proposal. Sounds straightforward? It usually is, but …

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Advanced Mapping Features for Multi-Design Projects

Many planning projects include a public outreach strategy where two design options are presented to the public with a goal to gather input from residents on which option they prefer and why. It is now easier to display multiple designs for one project in the same area with our advanced mapping features. We’ve recently added …

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