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Add your comment on this item1 CORE PRINCIPLES FOR PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT (draft version 3.0, 4/1/09)

Add your comment on this item2 Developed collaboratively by members of leading public engagement organizations

Add your comment on this item3 There are many ways that people can come together to deal with issues that affect their lives. We believe that public engagement involves convening diverse yet representative groups of people to wrestle with information from a variety of viewpoints, in conversations that are well-facilitated, providing direction for their own community activities or public judgments that will be seriously considered by policy-makers and/or their fellow citizens.

Add your comment on this item4 It is our stance that quality public engagement must take into consideration seven core principles if it is to effectively build mutual understanding, meaningfully affect policy development, and/or inspire collaborative action among citizens and institutions.

Add your comment on this item5 The following seven principles overlap and reinforce each other in practice. They serve as ideals to pursue and as criteria for judging quality. Rather than promoting partisan agendas, the implementation of these principles generates authentic stakeholder engagement around public issues.


Add your comment on this item6 1. Planning and Preparation

Add your comment on this item7 Plan, design, and convene the engagement specifically to serve both the purpose of the effort and the needs of participants.


Add your comment on this item8 2. Inclusion and Diversity

Add your comment on this item9 Incorporate diverse voices, ideas, and information to lay the groundwork for quality outcomes and democratic legitimacy.


Add your comment on this item10 3. Collaboration and Shared Purpose

Add your comment on this item11 Support organizers, participants, and those engaged in follow-up to work well together for the common good.


Add your comment on this item12 4. Listening and Learning

Add your comment on this item13 Help participants listen, explore and learn without predetermined outcomes -- and evaluate public engagement efforts for lessons.


Add your comment on this item14 5. Transparency and Trust

Add your comment on this item15 Promote openness and provide a public record of the people, resources, forums, and outcomes involved.


Add your comment on this item16 6. Impact and Action

Add your comment on this item17 Ensure each participatory effort has real potential to make a difference.


Add your comment on this item18 7. Sustained Participation and Democratic Culture

Add your comment on this item19 Promote a culture of participation with programs and institutions that support ongoing quality public engagement.


Add your comment on this item20 This list represents a consensus in the field of dialogue and deliberation, but most practices tend to emphasize or apply these principles differently or to reach beyond this basic consensus in one way or another. To learn more about such diverse understandings and applications, consult the online version of these guidelines.*

Add your comment on this item21 Finally, we believe the use of technology should be generally encouraged whenever appropriate to enhance and not impede these seven values -- and also that these seven principles apply to both online and offline efforts. However, there is not yet consensus in our field on standards for the use of technology that would warrant the inclusion of specific online or electronic guidelines in this document.

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*An elaboration of these basic principles can be found at www.quicktopic.com/43/D/yP8nKZtRurb.html. You are welcome to add comments to that document as well, although this simpler list of principles is what we are seeking endorsements for.

The dialogue that generated this document can be found at www.thataway.org/2009/pep_project/ (in addition to more details about this project).  In the future, NCDD will provide more organized online details regarding variants of this document and statements of values, guidelines, and principles from other organizations and practitioner groups.