Connecting with Canadians

Research Area:

Research on Public Involvement Issues and Themes

In keeping with its mandate, PIN seeks to add knowledge on the theory and practice of public involvement by undertaking original research, ourselves or in collaboration with academics and research practitioner partners. We are particularly interested in three areas:

- Democratic Engagement
- Evaluation
- Methodologies and Tools

PIN recently published three research papers that contribute to the field of public involvement in Canada and elsewhere:

Related Work

On occasion, CPRN prepares independent pieces on citizen engagement or other topics related to the field of public involvement. For example:

The Work Network has commissioned a series of papers on Human Capital Development. The following is of particular interest for PIN:

See also:


Title Type Publishedsort desc.
Engaging Citizens…Building Public Trust Presentation 8 Nov 2007
Matching Methods with Policy Purpose: Two Case Examples of Public Engagement Research Report 8 Mar 2007
Parliament and Civil Society – Collaboration and Disagreement: Managing Creative Tension Presentation 25 Jan 2007
Restoring Citizen Trust — The Heart of Accountability Policy Briefs 30 Nov 2006
Public Involvement in Canada: Institutionalization and Assessment Roundtable - Summary Report Research Report 2 Nov 2006
Primer on Public Involvement Research Report 25 Aug 2006
Citizens and horizontal policy: a natural fit Presentation 28 Jul 2006
Disease, Disaster and Democracy - The public's stake in health emergency planning Presentation 28 Jul 2006
Democracy is a Contact Sport - Building Citizenship Skills and Practices: Seven Steps to a Better Body Politic Presentation 16 Jun 2006
Assessing the Impacts of Public Participation: Concepts, Evidence and Policy Implications Research Report 24 Mar 2006
Fostering Canadians' Role in Public Policy: A Strategy for Institutionalizing Public Involvement in Policy Research Report 24 Mar 2006
Trends in Public Consultation in Canada Research Report 16 Sep 2005
Revitalizing Democratic Participation: Engaging Citizens for Change Presentation 15 Apr 2005
A Report on the Workshop on Evaluation of Public Involvement Activities Other 18 Jul 2003
A Model of Engagement: Reflections on the 25th Anniversary of the Berger Report Research Report 30 Aug 2002
Lessons from the Network Model for Online Engagement of Citizens Other 25 Aug 2000
On-line Engagement - New Models and Implications for Government Departments and Officials Other 6 Mar 2000
Public Dialogue: A Tool for Citizen Engagement Other 7 Jan 2000
A Speech to the Canadian Newspapers Association Commentary 23 Nov 1999
Learning to Engage: Experiences with Civic Engagement in Canada Research Report 31 Aug 1999