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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.


Special Feature


Small Towns, Big Communities

November 1, 2021

"The new small town is not the boring, stagnant place illustrated in novels and movies. Instead, these small towns and cities are some of the most innovative places in the world."

By: Pooja Di Giovanna, Assistant Director


Latest Publication


How Local Government Is Leveraging Technology to Improve Public Engagement

October 21, 2021

"Local governments are tasked with finding ways to use data and technology to bring communities together, rather than pushing them apart. This is no easy task, as factors like age, income, and access affect how effectively different groups can use technology."

By: Michael Huling, Graduate Assistant


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 local 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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Contact Us

Pooja Di Giovanna
Assistant Director
Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership
School of Public Policy