As public policy practitioners, we work with the decision maker to identify and engage stakeholders when it's necessary to inform the public policy making process. But how can the public identify and engage decision makers proactively? Can our public participation practices facilitate this form of democratic engagement?
In this reprise of one of the more popular sessions at the 2021 IAP2 North American Conference, Kimberly Horndeski looks at some of the lessons learned when a nonprofit organization paired with two governmental entities in an attempt to influence 52 other elected officials to adopt a joint resolution across a five-county region. You'll gain a deeper understanding of what is successful and challenging about a bottom-up public participation process, as well as an outline of a potential framework practitioners can put to use, themselves.
Kimberly Horndeski is a certified mediator, facilitator, IAP2 USA Board of Directors Member, and the Executive Director for Community Consulting LLC. Her work focuses on integrating policy and science to engage stakeholders, develop strategic plans, promote collaboration, and transform conflict into successful strategies for the future. She has led multiple state and national working groups to overcome challenges and reach agreement. Her projects include bottom-up approaches, such as working with nonprofits to develop effective strategies to engage elected officials in adopting initiatives, and top-down approaches, such as assisting the U.S. Fish and Wildlife to incorporate stakeholder values throughout the nation in the decision-making process for federally-listed threatened and endangered species.