Legitimate civic engagement goes far beyond public relations and information campaigns. However, effective decisions certainly require knowledge on the part of both governments and residents. The Davenport Institute seeks to equip local representatives, staff and residents to work together to develop innovative solutions to local questions. Research and publications are an important part of this process. On these pages you will find studies undertaken by the Davenport Institute as well as resources from other organizations involved in questions of civic engagement.
In addition you will find California-policy specific research conducted by Davenport Institute Fellows and School of Public Policy Faculty. These studies are designed to help residents of California make informed decisions on the local issues that affect their everyday lives.
Please explore the material published here and feel free to contact us with questions.
Both of the documents above were produced in collaboration with the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC).
An Analysis in Split Roll Property Tax Issues and Impacts
Steven Frates and Michael Shires
"How Civic Engagement Transforms Community Relationship": an "InFocus Strategies" white paper for the International City/County Management Association (ICMA). A free excerpts is available here, while the full paper is available for download here.
Davenport Institute Sr. Fellow Ed Everett
Golden Governance: Building Effective Public Engagement in California in collaboration with the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC), the Center for Individual and Institutional Renewal and California Forward.