Public Participation that Does Your Project Good   Della G. Rucker, AICP, CEcD  JACOBS Advance Planning Group Ohio Plannin...
Game Plan:  <ul><li>Why do Public Participation? </li></ul><ul><li>What do we know about the way people learn?  </li></ul>...
Why do Public Participation?  <ul><li>“ ______ says we haveta do it….. </li></ul><ul><li><sigh>” </li></ul>
<ul><li>“ If people see all the great things this project will do, I bet most of them will get on board.” </li></ul>Why do...
<ul><li>“ If someone has concerns over this project, I would rather we know at the beginning so that we can address them a...
<ul><li>“ We need to know what people want for this project so that we can design something that people will support.”  </...
<ul><li>“ Our residents and business operators have unique knowledge and perspective.  We need to tap that to help us find...
So… how should we do this?
Or, we could…
Wait… what is it that we really wanted from these people?  <ul><li>Their perspective  </li></ul><ul><li>Their good ideas  ...
And what’s the likelihood that everyone has a fully formed opinion?
So… what we need is a process that: <ul><li>Gives people the  information  they need </li></ul><ul><li>Helps them  make se...
Then, it needs to… <ul><li>Help them form and  articulate  their ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Help them give us  constructive  ...
Who is already doing this?
What do teachers know about doing this? <ul><li>Small Group Cooperative Learning Theory (Edwin Glaeser) </li></ul><ul><li>...
How can we apply this to public participation?  <ul><ul><ul><li>Provide options for feedback </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><...
How can we apply this to public participation? <ul><ul><ul><li>Use small groups on complex activities, or ones that direct...
I’m done… now it’s your turn! <ul><li>Divide into groups </li></ul><ul><li>Each group does one activity:  </li></ul><ul><u...
Questions?  Comments?
Thank you ! <ul><li>Della G. Rucker, AICP, CEcD </li></ul><ul><li>Senior Planner/National Lead for Economic Development </...
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Public Participation NTHP 10 15 09

  1. 1. Public Participation that Does Your Project Good Della G. Rucker, AICP, CEcD JACOBS Advance Planning Group Ohio Planning Conference Sept. 25, 2009
  2. 2. Game Plan: <ul><li>Why do Public Participation? </li></ul><ul><li>What do we know about the way people learn? </li></ul><ul><li>How can we use that? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Group Activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Report Out </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Why do Public Participation? <ul><li>“ ______ says we haveta do it….. </li></ul><ul><li><sigh>” </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>“ If people see all the great things this project will do, I bet most of them will get on board.” </li></ul>Why do Public Participation?
  5. 5. <ul><li>“ If someone has concerns over this project, I would rather we know at the beginning so that we can address them and make them non-issues.” </li></ul>Why do Public Participation?
  6. 6. <ul><li>“ We need to know what people want for this project so that we can design something that people will support.” </li></ul>Why do Public Participation?
  7. 7. <ul><li>“ Our residents and business operators have unique knowledge and perspective. We need to tap that to help us find the best possible solutions.” </li></ul>Why do Public Participation?
  8. 8. So… how should we do this?
  9. 9. Or, we could…
  10. 10. Wait… what is it that we really wanted from these people? <ul><li>Their perspective </li></ul><ul><li>Their good ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Their constructive criticism </li></ul><ul><li>Their support </li></ul>
  11. 11. And what’s the likelihood that everyone has a fully formed opinion?
  12. 12. So… what we need is a process that: <ul><li>Gives people the information they need </li></ul><ul><li>Helps them make sense of the issues </li></ul><ul><li>Helps them form sound opinions </li></ul>
  13. 13. Then, it needs to… <ul><li>Help them form and articulate their ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Help them give us constructive feedback </li></ul><ul><li>Capture their ideas in a form that we can understand and use </li></ul>
  14. 14. Who is already doing this?
  15. 15. What do teachers know about doing this? <ul><li>Small Group Cooperative Learning Theory (Edwin Glaeser) </li></ul><ul><li>Nine Types of Intelligence (Howard Gardner) </li></ul>
  16. 16. How can we apply this to public participation? <ul><ul><ul><li>Provide options for feedback </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Decentralize/limit audiences </li></ul></ul></ul>
  17. 17. How can we apply this to public participation? <ul><ul><ul><li>Use small groups on complex activities, or ones that directly feed into recommendations </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Make it fun…. Or at least engaging! </li></ul></ul></ul>
  18. 18. I’m done… now it’s your turn! <ul><li>Divide into groups </li></ul><ul><li>Each group does one activity: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Vision Development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SWOT brainstorm </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What Would you Do? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Report out on experience </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Visual Preference Survey </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What’s the Big Idea? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Your Town Tomorrow </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Downtown Pictionary </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Questions? Comments?
  20. 20. Thank you ! <ul><li>Della G. Rucker, AICP, CEcD </li></ul><ul><li>Senior Planner/National Lead for Economic Development </li></ul><ul><li>JACOBS Advance Planning Group </li></ul><ul><li>1880 Waycross Road </li></ul><ul><li>Cincinnati, OH 45240 </li></ul><ul><li>Phone: 513-288-6613 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.linkedin.com/in/dellarucker </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook: Della Rucker Aicp Cecd </li></ul><ul><li>http://dellarucker.wordpress.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter: dgottrucker </li></ul>

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