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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


Davenport Institute Fall Professional Certificate Programs

Fall 2021

This Fall, we are offering our Public Engagement and Smart Communities certificate programs, both of which will be held virtually. 


Latest Publication


Engaging Marginalized Communities: Challenges and Best Practices

September 1, 2021

"Between the COVID-19 pandemic and social unrest in the past year, many cities have either begun or expanded their outreach to marginalized communities. This is certainly a welcome development, as the combination of health, economic, and cultural challenges have severely affected groups already facing an uphill battle."

By: Pooja Bachani Di Giovanna


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.




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Contact Us

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