Evaluating Citizen Engagement in Policy Making

Despite increasing opportunities for public participation in policy-making, there has been little research or evaluation of the effectiveness of such exercises. Assumptions abound about what contributes to effective public participation and which of a variety of methods are most suitable in different circumstances – but these assumptions are rarely tested in practice. This paper presents a proposed evaluation framework consisting of five key factors and related criteria drawn from the academic and applied literature on citizen engagement. It applies the… Read more

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