Elected Officials Education Program

Council’s Role in Public Engagement

Council’s Role in Public Engagement

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 : Introduction to Public Engagement

After completing this module, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the values and challenges of public engagement
  • Differentiate between what is and isn’t public engagement
  • Understand your role in public engagement

Module 2: Public Engagement System Overview

After completing this module, participants will be able to:

  • Understand what systems thinking and public engagement are about

Module 3: The Outer Ring

After completing this module, participants will be able to:

  • Understand public engagement policy and framework
  • Understand your role and different types of decision making

Module 4: The Middle Ring and Bulls Eye

After completing this module, participants will be able to:

  • Understand your role

Module 5: Supporting Elements
After completing this module, participants will be able to:

  • Understand your role