Participation that Counts Integrating community input into decisionmaking

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Participation that Counts Integrating community input into decision-making Patricia (Trish) Elliott | Presentation to

Participation that Counts Integrating community input into decision-making Patricia (Trish) Elliott | Presentation to Regina Board of Education March 25, 2014

“It was a waste of time. ” “Nothing we said mattered. ” “Their minds

“It was a waste of time. ” “Nothing we said mattered. ” “Their minds were made up already. ” Processes that fail Quotes from Survey of Athabasca parents, Real. Renewal 2011. Participation That Counts | Integrating Community Input into Decision-making

Open information Mutually developed process Use of communitygenerated data Inclusive decision-making Processes that succeed

Open information Mutually developed process Use of communitygenerated data Inclusive decision-making Processes that succeed Participation That Counts | Integrating Community Input into Decision-making

Core Values for the Practice of Public Participation International Association for Public Participation Those

Core Values for the Practice of Public Participation International Association for Public Participation Those affected by a decision have a right to be involved in the decision-making process. It includes the promise that the public’s contribution will influence the decision. Participation That Counts | Integrating Community Input into Decision-making

Early success factor Facilitation Neutral Mutually accepted “When moderators intervene in favor of one

Early success factor Facilitation Neutral Mutually accepted “When moderators intervene in favor of one option, they can have a substantively and statistically significant impact on the preferences of participants. ” Spada & Vreeland. Who Moderates the Moderators? Journal of Public Deliberation, Vol. 9, 2013. Participation That Counts | Integrating Community Input into Decision-making

“Where moderators have high stakes in the outcome…sterilizing the potential impact of moderators should

“Where moderators have high stakes in the outcome…sterilizing the potential impact of moderators should take priority. ” Random selection of moderator. Spada & Vreeland. Who Moderates the Moderators? Journal of Public Deliberation, Vol. 9, 2013. Assess and disclose moderator’s stake in the outcome. More than one moderator, with different views. Mutual development of the agenda, the introductory information and the options. Participation That Counts | Integrating Community Input into Decision-making

“I hope the powers that be really listen to what people in the neighbourhood

“I hope the powers that be really listen to what people in the neighbourhood have to say. ” “…this process is simply to make the community think they had a say. . ” Gathering Community Input Quotes from Stage 1 Concept Plan, RBE, 2012. Participation That Counts | Integrating Community Input into Decision-making

Community Input is Data Participation That Counts | Integrating Community Input into Decision-making

Community Input is Data Participation That Counts | Integrating Community Input into Decision-making

Community Input is Data Core Principles Accurate and complete record. Verifiable. Scientific analysis. Applied

Community Input is Data Core Principles Accurate and complete record. Verifiable. Scientific analysis. Applied to options. Applied to conclusions. Participation That Counts | Integrating Community Input into Decision-making

Included as options

Included as options

Treated as data “…the community consultation process revealed a very strong desire to retain

Treated as data “…the community consultation process revealed a very strong desire to retain the existing Connaught School building…” State 1 Submission, RBE, 2012 Participation That Counts | Integrating Community Input into Decision-making

Common Pitfalls to Avoid “A lot of people say the school should close. ”

Common Pitfalls to Avoid “A lot of people say the school should close. ” Unverified counter-data. Participation That Counts | Integrating Community Input into Decision-making

Common Pitfalls to Avoid That’s not an We’ve made our decision. option. Community issues

Common Pitfalls to Avoid That’s not an We’ve made our decision. option. Community issues aren’t our business. Data exclusion Participation That Counts | Integrating Community Input into Decision-making

Common Pitfalls to Avoid “We were elected to make tough decisions. ” “We represent

Common Pitfalls to Avoid “We were elected to make tough decisions. ” “We represent the whole city. ” Claims of higher legitimacy Participation That Counts | Integrating Community Input into Decision-making

Common Pitfalls to Avoid You don’t represent anyone. You’re not qualified. You’re too negative.

Common Pitfalls to Avoid You don’t represent anyone. You’re not qualified. You’re too negative. Ad homonym responses. (attack the messenger) Participation That Counts | Integrating Community Input into Decision-making

Common Pitfalls to Avoid “We know what’s best for your children. ” Administrators/trustees “care.

Common Pitfalls to Avoid “We know what’s best for your children. ” Administrators/trustees “care. ” Parents/community “feel over-entitled. ” Paternalism Participation That Counts | Integrating Community Input into Decision-making

Common Pitfalls to Avoid “We listened. ” Acknowledgement without action Participation That Counts |

Common Pitfalls to Avoid “We listened. ” Acknowledgement without action Participation That Counts | Integrating Community Input into Decision-making

“…these meetings are a token effort…” “Decisions should be made by community members. ”

“…these meetings are a token effort…” “Decisions should be made by community members. ” Including community Quotes from Stage 1 Concept Plan, RBE, 2012. Participation That Counts | Integrating Community Input into Decision-making

Methods of Genuine Inclusion Core Principle: Shared power Citizen panels Advisory committees Joint task

Methods of Genuine Inclusion Core Principle: Shared power Citizen panels Advisory committees Joint task forces Participation That Counts | Integrating Community Input into Decision-making

“We need the existing building to stay open until June 2015 at minimum. ”

“We need the existing building to stay open until June 2015 at minimum. ” “We want your support for a joint RBE/Ministry/Community Task Team to develop a mutually acceptable renewal plan. ” Responding to community is win-win. Participation That Counts | Integrating Community Input into Decision-making

Thank you Participation That Counts | Integrating Community Input into Decision-making

Thank you Participation That Counts | Integrating Community Input into Decision-making