Public Participation: Principles and Best Practices for British Columbia, Office of the Auditor General of British Columbia, 2008.

Responding to the perceived increase in demand for citizen engagement in British Columbia and Canada, this study was undertaken by the Office of the Auditor General of British Columbia. The document describes the public participation climate in Canada and abroad, and proposes a public participation framework for the government of British Columbia. It contains a discussion of public expectations regarding involvement in decision-making, rooted in basic principles, and offers recommendations based on that discussion. Perhaps the most useful are the guidelines for putting public participation into practice: a series of steps asking critical questions to determine what form of CE would be most appropriate.

Topics: Background/introduction, Comprehensive CE strategies, Follow-up, Goal setting, Issue identification/issue framing, Planning – CE, Principles, Stakeholder selection

Techniques & tools: Choosing the right tool, Framework/model/template