The Public Participation Handbook: Making Better Decisions Through Citizen Involvement

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Internationally renowned facilitator and public participation consultant James L. Creighton offers a practical guide to designing and facilitating public participation of the public in environmental and public policy decision making. Written for government officials, public and community leaders, and professional facilitators, The Public Participation Handbook is a toolkit for designing a participation process, selecting techniques to encourage participation, facilitating successful public meetings, working with the media, and evaluating the program.  The book is also filled with practical advice, checklists, worksheets, and illustrative examples.

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Internationally renowned facilitator and consultant James L. Creighton offers a practical guide to designing and facilitating public participation in environmental and public policy decision making. Written for government officials, public and community leaders, and professional facilitators, The Public Participation Handbook is a toolkit for designing a participation process, selecting techniques to encourage participation, facilitating successful public meetings, working with the media, and evaluating the program. The book is also filled with practical advice, checklists, worksheets, and illustrative examples.

Praise for The Public Participation Handbook

"The Public Participation Handbook is a practical, essential, and thorough guide for practitioners, public and private sector managers, NGOs, civic groups, and citizens. It is written by one of the gurus of the field and is an essential work for all those concerned with practical issues of good governance."
Jerome Delli Priscoli, editor in chief, Water Policy

"The public has a wisdom that government needs to understand before it can fulfill its mission. Creighton has cleared a path towards that wisdom."
David Matthews, president, Kettering Foundation

"A very strong and accessible guide to public participation. The content is well-grounded in experience and the relevant research."
Daniel J. Fiorino, adjunct professor, American University

"Finally, a book that provides specific insights and techniques for designing public participation strategies and programs. The Public Participation Handbook is just that—a how-to book for practitioners and decision makers who must meaningfully incorporate the public's values into public and corporate decisions."
Martha A. Rozelle, president, The Rozelle Group, Ltd., and past president, International Association for Public Participation

"The Public Participation Handbook clearly sets forth James L. Creighton's profound mastery of the craft of public participation."
Peter T. Johnson, former administrator, Bonneville Power Administration

"Jim Creighton is the master chef for successful public participation. In this handbook he divulges a lifetime of experience that every practitioner can tap into."
William L. Robertson, chairman, Weston Solutions, Inc.

About the Author:

James L. Creighton is president of Creighton & Creighton, Inc., in Los Gatos, California, at www.publicparticipation.com. He has been an independent consultant in the public participation field since 1972 and has designed or conducted more than three hundred public participation programs. He is the founding president of the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2), an international organization of professionals and people interested in the public participation field.

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