Connecting with Canadians

Research Report:

Matching Methods with Policy Purpose: Two Case Examples of Public Engagement

by Mary Pat MacKinnon, Sonia Pitre, Judy Watling

Matching Methods with Policy Purpose:  Two Case Examples of Public Engagement. Mary Pat MacKinnon, Sonia Pitre and Judy Watling. CPRN Research Report P|11. March 2007. 60 pp.

The public is demanding it, and some policy-makers are doing it.  Public involvement in decision-making is catching on.  And, it's being used in a variety of ways.  CPRN has taken two recent and very high profile examples of policy areas where decision-makers have chosen to go beyond stakeholder and expert views to actively seek public input.  In Matching Methods with Policy Purpose:  Two Case Examples of Public Engagement, CPRN summarizes the processes used in the two examples and the impact of the process on the participants and on the final product.  The authors found that despite the different nature of both projects, both ended up challenging the popular notion that ordinary citizens lack the interest or ability to tackle and contribute to solving complex policy issues.

Release Date: 8 Mar 2007
Number of pages: 60
Document number: 47131