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Policy Influence: Engaging public participation


Most think tanks will at some point want to engage in a public consultation or engagement process. The International Association for Public Participation provides a set of core values which it feels such processes should benchmark themselves:

IAP2 core values of public participation

The public participation process should:

  • Include the promise that the public's contribution will influence the decision
  • Communicate the interests and meets the needs of all participants
  • Seek out and facilitates the involvement of those potentially affected
  • Involve participants in defining how they participate
  • Provide participants with the information they need to participate in a meaningful way
  • Communicate to participants how their input affected the decision

Source: International Association for Public Participation, Meaningful Participation, p16.

This tool first appeared in the ODI Toolkit, Tools for Policy Impact