The purpose of this website is to share information about public participation approaches and evaluation methods in an effort to support a community dialogue about what we can learn from each experience and improve for future public participation efforts.
Case-by-Case Evaluation of Public Participation Approaches
The Chapel Hill 2020 process experimented with a wide range of community information and engagement methods. Following that process, we continued to experiment with different public participation methods to match the needs and qualities of each project. To evaluate the public participation methods, we used our own surveys and surveys designed by the School of Government (SOG). A selection of these efforts are listed below along with the status of their evaluation.
Public Participation Approach
Chapel Hill 2020
Large scale, high turnout public meetings supported by targeted committee and stakeholder meetings.
Ephesus Fordham Rezoning: targeted stakeholder meetings and public hearing meetings with the Council.
We plan to offer the SOG Public Participation Evaluation Survey to participants in this project. Results are pending.
Advisory Board Review
Created an employee facilitation team to facilitate a series of community conversations.
Offered participants the opportunity to take a Public Participation Evaluation Survey designed by the SOG. Results can be found here.
Electronic surveys with targeted stakeholders, held a kick-off event with a Conference Exhibition setup where attendees could walk from table to table and discuss topics with subject matter expert staff members.
Surveys administered by the Town. Survey results can be found here:
We plan to offer a Town survey or the SOG Public Participation Evaluation Survey to participants in this project. Results are pending.
Future Focus Area
Rosemary Imagined: Partnered with Downtown Partnership to engage targeted stakeholders. Used video and an iterative participation process that built on feedback to diagrams and plans from each session.
Project is ongoing. We plan to offer the SOG Public Participation Evaluation Survey to participants in this project. Results are pending.
Rogers Road Sewer Service Extension
Council interest in public feedback was met by a local non-profit who performed intensive door-to-door outreach in the Rogers Road Community.
Case-by-case evaluation: Staff will administer a Town designed survey or the SOG Public Participation Evaluation Survey to participants in three projects:Ephesus-Fordham Rezoning, Downtown Imagined, and the North-South Corridor Study. The results will be posted on this website.
Establish broad participation goals: To be able to review public participation efforts in the context of broad participation goals, a staff group has launched an internal project that will propose a definition of public participation goals, performance measures, and a plan for achieving those performance measures. More information will be provided about this effort in Spring, 2014.
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