The Institute for Local Government (ILG) partnered with Public Agenda on the research that indicates that public meetings often do not meet the needs of residents or local officials, and that large segments of the public are often missing from these venues —especially low-income populations, immigrants and young people.
The good news is that both local public officials and their counterparts in the community seem to share a commitment to bridge the disconnect. Public officials as well as community leaders seek broader public engagement and stronger collaboration and feel that opportunities are available to expand public participation, especially in the areas of budgets, economic development and long-term community planning.
A printable infographic
highlights the research findings and recommendations. Download the full reports, “Testing the Waters
” research with local officials, and the executive summary
as well “Beyond Business as Usual
,” research with community leaders, and the companion executive summary
Also, see how to make recurring public meetings a more welcoming, accessible and effective venue to hear from a broader cross-section of your communities. Resources that have been co-created with city officials can be found at ILG’s Meeting Resource Center
and the Public Participation Resource Center
, which also provide case stories
of successful collaborations between cities and community leaders and a broad array of tools