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Selecting Public Involvement Techniques



"No two projects are exactly alike, and public involvement tools and techniques should be tailored to reflect the particular character of each project - its group of stakeholders, its geographic location, the successes and failures of previous public outreach programs, the level of complexity and controversy, and so on."

"Experience on many projects has shown that... project team participation in community- and stakeholder-sponsored activities may yield much more satisfactory results. In many cases, taking the project to the stakeholders, rather than the reverse, increases the likelihood of successful information exchange."

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NCHRP Report 480: A Guide to Best Practices for Achieving Context Sensitive Solutions



Excerpt IconExcerpt Reflecting Community Values: Principles of Public Involvement
Principles of public involvement to be employed in transportation decision making. more...
from  NCHRP Report 480: A Guide to Best Practices for Achieving Context Sensitive Solutions
Excerpt IconExcerpt Management Structure: Developing a Public Involvement Plan
Steps to developing a public involvement plan. more...
from  NCHRP Report 480: A Guide to Best Practices for Achieving Context Sensitive Solutions
Excerpt IconExcerpt Public Involvement Guidelines Summary
The following public involvement guidelines were developed to assist Mn/DOT personnel in implementing public involvement plans and activities. They reflect the mandates of ISTEA, reinforced by TEA-21, as well as public agency best practices. more...
from  Hear Every Voice: A Guide to Public Involvement at Mn/DOT
Excerpt IconExcerpt Developing Public Involvement Plans
"Certain Mn/DOT personnel are responsible for overseeing public involvement programs for specific projects, and for various types of transportation plans. For these people, developing public involvement plans is a critical task. The level of detail of the plan will depend on the magnitude and potential impacts of the project or plan. The following steps, excerpted from the National Transit Institute manual "Public Involvement in Transportation Decision Making," describe this process." more...
from  Hear Every Voice: A Guide to Public Involvement at Mn/DOT
Article Icon Public Involvement Techniques: Systematic Development of Informed Consent
"Systematic Development of Informed Consent(SDIC) seeks to 1) establish the public agency's legitimate role by casting its program as one aimed at problemsolving and, 2) to communicate to the public the serious nature of the problem the agency is attempting to address ... The premise of the SDIC process is that accomplishing these two objectives, in combination with a thorough public involvement process, will allow an agency to achieve informed consent..."
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Nearly every meeting focuses on discussion, whether people are giving opinions, debating issues among themselves, or challenging an agency by questioning fundamental assumptions. Meetings can be exploratory (for instance, "design-ins" where participants draw on maps to illustrate community values or activity patterns) or consensus-building (including collaborative problem-solving).
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