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Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership


The Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership works with local governments, non-profit organizations, and residents to both promote and support constructive and broad-based civic involvement in decisions that affect people where they live and work.


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Apply Today for 2024 Cohorts!

We are currently accepting applications for our online, 6-week Professional Certificate in Public Engagement For Local Government. 


Latest Publication

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Navigating Data in Local Government Decision Making

February 1, 2024

“Data and its usage continue to be something local governments are grappling with in real time and making adjustments as necessary to determine what works best for their specific organization and community."

By: Pooja Bachani Di Giovanna and Almis Udrys


Our Mission

To help build stronger communities by promoting public participation in local governance.

Our Vision

To be a champion of greater civic engagement in local government to build stronger communities and greater confidence in local democracy.


What We Do

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We offer comprehensive training opportunities in public engagement for local and regional government leaders.

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Thought Leadership

We offer various resources to help design, deliver, and promote inclusive, authentic, and effective public engagement.

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We provide a unique platform which brings together partners in civic leadership and public participation in local government.



Davenport Institute Case Studies

The Davenport Institute is launching a call for current case studies to help capture the rapidly expanding work of local communities towards civic engagement in California, and the amazing diversity of innovative approaches. The selected cases will be added to the Davenport Institute website under the Research and Studies section, featured on our social media, and incorporated into our trainings (where applicable).


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Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership
School of Public Policy