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Civic Engagement Resources

In California

2012: Open Town Hall - online engagement platform currently working on projects throughout California, including: Palo Alto, Santa Clara, and Yucca Valley.

2012 California Budget Challenge - online budget balancing for the state budget

2011: The Santa Barbara Challenge - Noozhawk was one of the recipients of last year's Davenport Institute Civic Engagement Grants.  They are working in partnership with the City of Santa Barbara and using the UserVoice to get residents involved in prioritizing and offering input on the city's budget.

Summer 2011: What's Next California? was a first-of-its-kind statewide deliberative poll covering a variety of key issues to California residents.

Summer 2009 - Summer 2010: "Ventura County Compact" - transportation and housing planning in Ventura County.

February - May 2008: Threshold 2008 in San Mateo County

August 2007: CaliforniaSpeaks on Health Care Reform

Citizen Engagement


City of Philadelphia: "Tight Times. Tough Choices." Report on a participatory budgeting project developed by the City, UPenn, and WHYY.

City of Portland, Oregon (General Civic Engagement)

Envision Utah (Planning)

Basics of Public Engagement (Overview from the Institute of Local Government)

Case Stories

Thanks to advisory council member Ken Hampian for sharing these helpful stories and resources. 

San Louis Obispo Goal Setting - Short Story

San Louis Obispo Goal Setting - Longer Story

City of Bell Goal Setting - Short Story 

City of Bell Goal Setting - Longer Story

Monrovia Strategic Planning

Monrovia Major City Goal Work Programs