How do citizens assess this particular process of citizen engagement?


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How do citizens assess this particular process of citizen engagement?

  • How do citizens assess this particular process of citizen engagement?

  • Perceived strengths and weaknesses?

  • Is there enhanced legitimacy for decisions?

  • Is there increased interest in future engagement?



Survey of Participants In Heritage Strategy Task Force

  • Survey of Participants In Heritage Strategy Task Force

    • 78 completed interviews of the 530 names on contact list (of 1300 total participants)
    • 6 interviews with stakeholders/MLAs/public servants
  • Transcripts of Community Meetings - reviewed

  • Documents submitted to Task Force – review of 20% sample



Small Sample Size

  • Small Sample Size

  • Limited Variation on Variables

  • No Statistically Significant Relationships

  • My Focus- the Means for Questions and Patterns of Responses to the process evaluation

  • Caveat: Absence of Government Implementation/Action removes component of final judgment by participants



Representative of Whom?

  • Representative of Whom?

  • Perceived Influence on Process

  • Early Involvement

  • Deliberative Opportunities

  • Transparency

  • Citizenship Skill-Building



Language and Gender Distribution

  • Language and Gender Distribution

  • Demographic Characteristics

    • Age
    • Education
    • Rural/Urban Residence










Similar Language and Gender Distribution

  • Similar Language and Gender Distribution

  • Sample Highly Dissimilar in

    • Age –Much Older
    • Education – Much Higher
    • Rural Residence –Much Higher
  • Unrepresentative of Public

    • Representative of Participation Pool !?
    • Rural Bias Reflects Meeting Locations


Sample has Dissimilar Political Attitudes & Behavior from General Public

  • Sample has Dissimilar Political Attitudes & Behavior from General Public

    • General Political Involvement –Higher
    • General Political Efficacy -Higher
  • An “Attentive Public”?

    • Actively engaged in and aware of public affairs
  • Sample is Typical of Citizens Who Participate in Similar Processes elsewhere









An “Attentive Public”

  • An “Attentive Public”

  • Stakeholders Prominent

  • Strength: Highly Knowledgeable Group

  • Weakness: Voice of Public Opinion?

  • Question: Means for More Inclusive Group?



Early Involvement in Process?

  • Early Involvement in Process?

  • Perceived Policy Influence?

  • Process Effective for Participants?

  • Participants Satisfied w/ Process & Recommendations?











Gave Everyone Opportunity for Input (N=21)

  • Gave Everyone Opportunity for Input (N=21)

  • Forum for Dialogue Among Interested (N=8)

  • Wide Ranging Consultation (N=8)

  • Great Voice for Those Concerned (N=7)

  • Lots of Ways to Participate (N=6)

  • A Nonpartisan Process (N=6)



CONCERNS

  • CONCERNS

  • Lack of Government Response (N=13)

  • Lack of Follow-up with Participants (N=6)

  • CHANGES TO MAKE

  • No Change Needed (N=9)

  • More Follow-up About What’s Being Done (N=5)



Political Learning

  • Political Learning

    • About Heritage Issues ( 78% learned a lot)
    • About how to participate in community affairs (59% learned a lot)
  • Socio-Political Affect

    • Increasing attachment to government (mean 5.6)
    • Increasing attachment to their community (mean 6.0)
  • Overall – Positive Impacts for Citizenship





A process highly regarded by citizen participants

  • A process highly regarded by citizen participants

  • Judged to be open and responsive

  • Fine-tuning - to make more inclusive and input friendly



General Awareness of Voluntary Planning?

  • General Awareness of Voluntary Planning?

  • Awareness of VP Website?

  • Assessment of VP Website on Ease of Use and Quality of Information?

  • Openness to Electronic Consultation in Future?











General Awareness of Voluntary Planning

  • General Awareness of Voluntary Planning

  • Strongly Positive Assessment of its Work

  • High Awareness of VP Website

  • Website Viewed Very Favorably on Ease of Use and Quality of Information

  • Participants Open to Electronic Consultation in Future






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