Public engagement strategies
How do you engage with the public?
Elected officials and leaders of organizations face hard decisions that affect communities and the people who live there. Bringing together experience, information and diverse perspectives in a respectful process allows communities to reach decisions that are more thoughtful, broadly supported and ultimately sustainable.
The process and how a leader makes their choices can increase public trust and support for decisions. Use the below community resources to learn strategies for involving and engaging with the public, planning and facilitating meetings and making group decisions.
Public involvement strategy
Meeting planning and facilitation
- Pros and cons of using internal and external facilitators
- Planning an effective meeting agenda
- Setting ground rules for productive discussions
Listen to podcasts and read articles related to community engagement topics.
How can you make your community more appealing to others? Hear how conversations in Campbell, Minnesota led to big community changes in appearance and pride.
Episode 20: Community conversations [podcast]
How do you discuss ideas and issues with your neighbors? Listen to Jody Horntvedt share nuts-and-bolts advice for creating healthy community conversations.
Episode 19: Engaged with nature [podcast]
What does being an involved citizen mean? It isn't always about running for office. Hear from community members who helped protect and promote a hidden nature spot in Woodbury, Minnesota.
Episode 18: Civic engagement 101 [podcast]
What does civic engagement mean? Listen to Extension educators discuss its meaning and share best practices for working with others and tools to get involved.