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 Lyn Carson's Active Democracy website provides easy access to information whcih individuals, groups or organizations can use to enhance citizens' involvement in the activities of local, state, or federal government.  Carson is a senior lecturer in applied politics with Government and International Relations in the School of Economics and Political Science, at the University of Sydney Australia.



Citizen Space provides citizens an opportunity to learn more about how British democracy works, as well as take part in online consultations on a range of policy matters.  Developed under the UKOnline initiative of the British government.



EPA - Public Involvement Site
The US Environmental Protection Agency’s public involvement web pages have been expanded to include new materials and links to  useful information about tools and techniques in use all over the world. The site also includes a new Feedback section with ready-to-use surveys for activities such as: hearings, meetings, listening sessions, FACA groups, community advisory groups, small group discussions and stakeholder negotiations.  In addition, the Public Involvement Resources and Training (PIRT) database, previously on EPA’s intranet, is now publicly available. Not only      can you use the information it contains, you can suggest additional resources, conferences and trainings.



  The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation invigorates people, organizations and communities to improve public life and politics so that we all can do the unfinished work of the nation and reach fo our common ideals.  The Harwood Institute conducts research, designs and leads on-the-ground initiatives, develops public leaders and "center for strength organizations", crafts innovative tools, materials and processes, and convenes people who want to take responsibility for public life.


 Imaginal Training
A great source for ice-breakers and other tools.


INVOLVE - Evaluation Guide

Public Participation has become a central plank of public policy-making.  Increasingly, decsion-makers at all levels of government build citizen and stakeholder engagement into their policy-making processes.  Activities range from larges-scale consultations that involve tens of thousande of people to focus group reserach, on-line discussion forums and small. deliberative citizens' juries.

This guide to evaluating public participation is intended to help those involved in planning, organising or funding these activities to understand the different factors involved in creating effective public participation.

It helps planners set and measure attainable objectives, evaluate impact, and identify lessons for future practice. Using clear language, simple instructions, illustrative case studies and a glossary, this guide is a valuable tool for anyone involved in running or commissioning public participation in central government and beyond.

Involve website:

Dialogue Circles - Glossary
     A quick reference for consultation and dialogue


The Institute of Cultural Affairs is one of the oldest and largest providers of training in facilitation.  Their techniques are known collectively as the Technology of Participation, and they offer an extensive series of courses in the various techniques.


The Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue is a conference centre dedicated to understanding effective communication. It is the only facility in BC certified by the International Association of Conference Centres, ensuring the highest standard of conference meeting space.



Web Lab
is a non-profit organization dedicated to developing innovative Web-based projects that bring fresh perspectives and new voices to the discussion of public issues.  Our goal is to use the Web as a positive, transformative force in people's lives and in society at large.




Supporting dialogue,  collective action and reflection.
Learning for

Social learning is increasingly cited as an essential process for addressing the complexity and uncertainty inherent in many sustainability issues, for developing understanding between the different perspectives involved, and for supporting collective action. This guide to on-line resources (formerly NRM-changelinks) includes a number of topic areas that are relevant to. social learning.



IAP2 Board Member Beth Offenbacker has created a new blog about the role of technology in public participation / public involvement and decision-making processes.

Visit the blog at to learn about existing tools, reports, emerging trends and a range of other resources on this subject.

Please helo build this body of knowledge by commenting on the blog of by alerting Beth Offenbacker to resources and information you find valuable in this subject area and about which you'd like to alert to others.


IAP2 has 501(3)(c) charity status in USA and is able to receive donations from within the USA.

Federation of International Association of Public Participation
PO Box 270723, Louisville, CO 80027 USA