Defining the CE goal

Determining the CE goal is probably the most important first step in planning for a CE process because it clarifies the type and level of involvement you wish to have with the stakeholders. This information will also help to identify the most appropriate techniques to use. It is possible for a CE process to address more than one goal (although one goal usually predominates). In any event, the goals should be clear to both the initiator of the CE process and to the stakeholders or participants.

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The following questions help to clarify the goal, scope and approach to be used in a CE process:

Seven steps for designing a successful public participation process.

  1. Determine who the decision-maker is, what the pending decision is and who will be affected.
  2. Decide if public participation should be used.
  3. Determine the issues related to the decision for each of the affected parties.
  4. Determine the level of public participation that the decision-maker needs and what to consult on.
  5. Determine the public participation methods best suited to the needs of participants.
  6. Determine how public participation is to support and link to the decision.
  7. Determine how the results are to be used.
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A complete discussion of these questions can be found in Public Participation: Principles and Best Practices for British Columbia.

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