Elected Officials Education Program

Community Development Through Citizen Engagement

Community Development Through Citizen Enagagement

Municipal councils are elected to make decision on behalf of citizens. However, in order to govern effectively and make decisions that are in the best interest of the diverse communities within municipalities, councils must be willing to consider the community’s perspectives and input when making decisions. The EOEP’s Community Development through Citizen Engagement course will provide an overview of the various ways municipalities can engage with citizens, how public input can be integrated into decision-making, the dangers and limits of involving the public in municipal decisions, and the importance of engagement in supporting sustainable community development.

Module  1 : Setting the Stage

After completing this module, participants will be able to:

  • Understand an ever changing landscape
  • Determine benefits and opportunities and levels of engagement
  • Understand the correlation between citizen engagement and municipal decision making

Module 2: Getting Ready

After completing this module, participants will be able to:

  • Understand legislated citizen engagement and manage risk
  • Understand the foundations of citizen engagement and assess expectations

Module 3: Building Your Approach

After completing this module, participants will be able to:

  • Define issues and what decisions need to be made
  • Set engagement outcomes, determine who will be engaged and what level of engagement is needed
  • Identify techniques and tools for engagement

Module 4: Evaluating Your Efforts

After completing this module, participants will be able to:

  • Measure, track progress and understand the impact
  • Analyze and report