Sustaining Public Engagement

September 10, 2009

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Everyday Democracy and the Kettering Foundation collaborated to produce Sustaining Public Engagement: Embedded Deliberation in Local Communities, a research report providing insights into how public engagement initiatives can grow into a regular practice involving people from many different parts of a community and spanning multiple issues.

The report by Harvard University researchers Archon Fung and Elena Fagotto argues that the most successful of civic engagement efforts are those that address not only particular public issues such as school redistricting, domestic violence, or racism, but also improve the quality of local democratic governance. Sustaining Public Engagement will be of interest to researchers and community organizers. The report features concrete examples of sustained community-led dialogue and problem solving efforts that draw upon different approaches to public deliberation.

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