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The Public Participation Handbook: Making Better Decisions Through Citizen Involvement

ISBN: 978-1-118-43704-9
288 pages
March 2005, Jossey-Bass
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Internationally renowned facilitator and public participation consultant James L. Creighton offers a practical guide to designing and facilitating public participation of the public in environmental and public policy decision making. Written for government officials, public and community leaders, and professional facilitators, The Public Participation Handbook is a toolkit for designing a participation process, selecting techniques to encourage participation, facilitating successful public meetings, working with the media, and evaluating the program.  The book is also filled with practical advice, checklists, worksheets, and illustrative examples.
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Tables, Figures, Exhibits, and Worksheets xiii

Preface xv

The Author xix

Introduction 1

PART ONE: OVERVIEW OF PUBLIC PARTICIPATION 5

2 The Rationale for Public Participation 14

PART TWO: DESIGNING A PUBLIC PARTICIPATION PROGRAM 27

3 Decision Analysis 29

4 Process Planning 45

5 Implementation Planning 78

PART THREE: PUBLIC PARTICIPATION TOOL KIT 85

6 Techniques for Getting Information to the Public 89

7 Techniques for Getting Information from the Public 102

PART FOUR: PUBLIC MEETING TOOLS 139

8 Designing Public Meetings 143

9 Developing Interactive Meetings 149

10 Facilitating Public Meetings 166

11 Determining Meeting Logistics 173

PART FIVE: GENERAL-PURPOSE TOOLS 181

12 Working with Advisory Groups 183

13 Conducting Interviews 190

14 Working with the Media 196

15 Analyzing Public Comment 205

16 Evaluating Public Participation 214

17 Using Public Participation Consultants 223

PART SIX: PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN ACTION 227

18 Public Participation Cases 229

Conclusion 243

An Example: Sunny Glen Landfill Siting Public Participation Plan 247

Index 255

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James L. Creighton is president of Creighton & Creighton, Inc., in Los Gatos, California, at www.publicparticipation.com. He has been an independent consultant in the public participation field since 1972 and has designed or conducted more than three hundred public participation programs. He is the founding president of the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2), an international organization of professionals and people interested in the public participation field.
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