Connecting with Canadians

Research Report:

Assessing the Impacts of Public Participation: Concepts, Evidence and Policy Implications

by Julia Abelson, François-Pierre Gauvin

Assessing the Impacts of Public Participation: Concepts, Evidence and Policy Implications, Julia Abelson and François-Pierre Gauvin. CPRN Research Report P|06. March 2006. 52 pp.

The arguments for engaging Canadians at all stages of the policy process are clear and overwhelming. Citizens demand a more meaningful role in policy development. Engagement is a powerful antidote to voter disaffection with political institutions. It means greater policy effectiveness and legitimacy, and it fosters inclusion and social cohesion.

Assessing the Impacts of Public Participation: Concepts, Evidence and Policy Implications, by Julia Abelson and François-Pierre Gauvin, explores what we know about assessing the impact of citizen engagement on both the policy process and on the subsequent political and civic behaviour of the citizen participants.

[You can access the article referenced in this paper by Rowe G and Frewer LJ. "Evaluating public participation exercises: A research agenda". Science, Technology, and Human Values 2004, 29(4): 512-556 by clicking on the link below.]

http://www.sls.wau.nl/menc/homepages/lfrewer/publications/sthv3.pdf

Release Date: 24 Mar 2006
Number of pages: 52
Document number: 42669