Engagement helps people make public decisions, solve public problems, and build community, all of which are important and essential for healthy communities and democracies.
When people have a meaningful say in public decisions that affect their lives, they enjoy stronger public trust and support. When community members work together to solve public problems, their efforts and collaborations improve their neighborhoods, towns, and communities. When people are connected with others in their communities, they build stronger social networks and are more likely to be healthy, informed, economically secure, and resilient in the face of natural disasters.
Engagement helps build trust, advance justice and equity, and improve quality of life. Public Agenda helps communities build sustainable solutions:
- Listen to and collaborate with the public, so that their ideas include a diverse range of stakeholders and are action-oriented
- Make engagement equitable and inclusive by encouraging strategies that are welcoming to communities of color, people with disabilities, English language learners, and people who are vulnerable or have been discriminated against
- Conduct meaningful outreach and organizing that figures out how to bring people to the table, bring the table to them, or take advantage of existing tables
- Create unique engagement strategies that assess needs, identify challenges, and combine digital, face-to-face, and blended forms of interaction through an equity and accessibility lens
- Make engagement fun by integrating games, food, music, and other factors that make engagement an enjoyable and sustainable part of community life
- Measure the impact of engagement to help communities build and improve sustainable, measurable solutions
Examples of Our Work
Building a stronger engagement infrastructure for health equity to involve a broader range of people in six states.
Bringing residents, scientists and local government together to empower community-led action in response to climate change.
Exploring the ways that community members in the Norwood neighborhood of the Bronx mobilize around shared issues and concerns, as well as the structures and supports that catalyze engagement.
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