Each workshop provides a practical, learning-intensive introduction to the Canadian Public Policy Forum’s approach to public engagement, based on first-hand experience through original case studies.
The process will focus on six basic questions:
What’s wrong with the policy process
What is public engagement
How do public engagement processes work well
How can we evaluate them
How can we begin using them to change policy development, communications and service delivery
What are new ways of engaging citizens in service delivery
Policy-making is in trouble. In a simpler, slower world, a top-down approach served us well enough, but in the fast-moving, highly interdependent world of today it often lacks legitimacy and results in overly simplistic solutions to complex issues.
The traditional policy process was designed for a different world and it is time for a change.
Public engagement is a new way of thinking about how government works together with citizens, communities and stakeholders to achieve a wide range of goals that it cannot achieve through the traditional policy process such as population health, adjustment to climate change, building a highly skilled labour force, or national security.
Goals like these require genuine collaboration.