Legitimate public engagement goes far beyond public relations and information campaigns. However, effective decisions certainly require knowledge on the part of both governments and residents. The Davenport Institute equips local government leaders and staff to empower residents to work together to develop innovative solutions to local questions. Research on the latest innovations and most effective public engagement techniques from around California and the nation help us provide expert advice to local leaders. Below you will find a curated list of unique and effective public engagement practices across community engagement, budgeting, and sustainability.
In addition, you will find California-policy specific research conducted by Davenport Institute Fellows and School of Public Policy Faculty. These studies are designed to help residents of California make informed decisions on the local issues that affect their everyday lives.