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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

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Constitution Day 2022: The California Conference on Citizenship

The California Conference on Citizenship will bring together leaders from around the state to assess civic health and explore civic innovations that can improve the quality of life for all Californians. The Davenport Institute is excited to partner with NCOC and XSector Labs for this event.


Latest Publication

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How Local Governments Can Support Home-Based Entrepreneurs

April 20, 2022

"The entrepreneurial spirit has always shaped the American economy, and that continues to be the case today. As home-based businesses become more and more popular, it is incumbent on local governments to help facilitate this commerce by removing unnecessary and burdensome restrictions that impede entrepreneurs. Through policies that promote zoning reform and provide technical assistance, cities can help home-based businesses flourish—benefitting entrepreneurs, communities, and governments alike."

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