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Gov’t Drafts Public Participation Playbook

public participationThe government is planning to release a U.S. Public Participation Playbook as part of its efforts to encourage public participation in shaping government programs under the U.S. Open Government National Action Plans.

Corinna Zarek and Justin Herman, who are both working on the project, said in a piece posted Nov. 25 on the White House blog that a government team has partnered with civil organizations to develop the playbook.

“From emergency management and regulatory development to science and education, better and more meaningful engagement with those who use public services can measurably improve government for everyone,” they wrote.

The playbook will include best practices and examples for designing and implementing public participation programs as well as recommended metrics to measure the effectiveness of those programs.

Strategies for community development and outreach, empowerment, inclusiveness and accessibility and the use of data-driven decisions are among the “plays” covered in the draft.

The blog post stated that the General Services Administration-led SocialGov Community and other federal agencies are inviting public input on the playbook through the Madison open source platform.

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