The Davenport Institute has long relied on the support of many valuable partnerships to support our mission of building stronger communities in California by promoting public participation in local governance.
Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL) is an "accidental professional association" that features over 4,800 members from all 50 states plus Canada, the UK, Israel, and Australia. Focused on all levels of local government, ELGL's mission is to engage local government leaders by providing useful content through podcasts, blogs, webinars, social media, and conference gatherings, with the objective of fostering authentic and meaningful connections that are grounded in practices of equity and inclusion.
We have hosted a series of webinars with ELGL on Connectivity & COVID-19 and Engaging During Pandemic Uncertainties as well as published several articles on an array of topics such as home-based entrepreneurship and climate change.
The Institute for Local Government (ILG) empowers local government leaders and delivers real-world expertise to help them navigate complex issues, increase their capacity, and build trust in their communities. For over sixty years, ILG has collaborated with local agencies throughout California, building leadership, trust, and resilience in communities.
ILG provides excellent resources that we use in our trainings and publications, including but not limited to The Basics of Engagement and Assessing Public Engagement Effectiveness Rapid Review Worksheets.
ICMA is a leading association of professional city and county managers and other employees who serve local governments. With over 11,000 members, ICMA works to identify and promote the adoption of leading local government practices in order to improve the lives of residents. The organization offers membership, professional development programs, research, publications, data and information, technical assistance, and training to local governments and other institutions throughout the world.
Our Assistant Director Pooja Di Giovanna serves as the Faculty Advisory to the student chapter at the School of Public Policy and facilitated hosting ICMA President Troy Brown as our City Manager in Residence in 2022.
The University Network for Collaborative Governance is made up of college and university centers, institutes, and programs that engage in service, scholarship, and teaching to build the capacity for collaborative governance. The network's mission is to champion collaborative governance by supporting and strengthening a network of faculty members and professionals from college and university centers, institutes, and programs that engage in collaborative governance practice, scholarship, and teaching.
The Davenport Institute has been a part of the network and continues to participate in network conferences as well as working groups. We have co-supervised graduate-student internships together with UNCG.
Our Common Purpose
Our Common Purpose , a project of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, focuses on the large project "Reinventing American Democracy for the 21st Century". The project brings together leaders in various sectors to revitalize democratic citizenship and restore our sense of common purpose by relying on the tools of our constitutional system. Six broad initiatives with 31 total recommendations have been developed to advance this endeavor: equal representation, empowered voters, responsive government, connected communities, social media as civic media, and culture of shared commitment.
The Davenport Institute serves as one of the champions of public engagement, committed to achieving these goals and we actively participate in strategy sessions and events.
PublicCEO is a local government publication that delivers news and insights to approximately 14,000 city managers, county administrators, public executives, and public employees every weekday. The daily newsletter and website give city managers, county administrators, public executives, and public employees a vantage point on the happenings across California's cities, counties, special districts, and the state. Their goal is to provide decision-makers with best practices, inventive ideas, perspective on trends, and access to opportunities.
The Davenport Institute regularly contributes content to PublicCEO on public engagement and GovTech.
The P2Club is a safe, secure and confidential community where members share best public participation and community outreach practices to develop themselves both personally and professionally. They provide weekly training and resources to help agencies and teams leverage community partnerships to be more effective, profitable, and socially responsible.
The Davenport Institute has collaborated with P2Club to produce articles on public participation through California CityNews and recently, on the second annual convening of public participation practitioners to discuss the state of public participation in California.