Public Consultation Archive

Building A Culture of Participation In Your Community

For many people, the extent of their participation in democratic society is turning up to vote every few years (if at all, judging by voter turnout numbers). There is a common perception that public consultations and other

4 Reasons Centralizing Online Community Engagement Increases Effectiveness, Saves Time and Reduces Costs

Each municipality has a different structure and different personnel and job titles handling community engagement. In some municipalities, there is a central person or team who is in charge. However, community engagement is more commonly decentralized, with

Reflecting on PlaceSpeak’s Role in Deliberative Democracy

Anson Ching is a recent UBC graduate (BA’15), specializing in urban geography and political theory for planning processes and democratic innovations. He was a recipient of the Dr. Walter G. Hardwick Scholarship in Urban Studies

6 Reasons To Start Doing Online Public Engagement

Our blog is full of information about online public consultation and best practices for engaging with the public. However, let’s start at the very beginning. Why should your organization consider engaging online in the first place? 1. Reach

From astroturfing to ballot stuffing: how your consultation could be compromised

We have written extensively on how anonymity compromises the quality and legitimacy of your consultation data. In a recent blog post for ELGL, we even highlighted some stories around anonymous