Public involvement how-to readings

I don’t use the term “stakeholders” because of my experience with the US Department of Energy. Too often when an institution or agency speaks about “stakeholders” they mean they hold the stake while the community gets stucked.

I am after community or public collaboration through public involvement (or community-involvement. [The latest term is CPBR Community-based Participatory Research or CBR].

I put this list together at the other site, | Getting Results from Your Experts |. It is a listing of references I recommend to communities and other professionals concerned with public involvement. This isn’t a comprehensive (nor especially up to date) listing of references but includes books and websites I have found to be especially useful for myself and others. Books are listed first, then websites. The Internet sites also have training available. The FHWA (Federal Highway Administration) course is very good.

Public involvement, as a public governance process, has evolved within the highway and risk (environmental health) contexts especially as a requirement of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). However, much of the fundamental research developed within applied anthropology, usually within a health, appropriate technology, or nutrition context. “Expert systems” and now “accessibility” re: WWW sites, are other areas to look to for additional information.

I’ve put asterisks next to names in the risk communication field who will have other articles and books. The titles in BOLD are especially useful to communities.

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2 responses to “Public involvement how-to readings

  1. Thanks for you thoughts. How can more of us who share this increase in participation get to know each other? I teach community health workers (CHWs) at a junior college. To support the training program, the college developed a website for CHWs and CHW Instructors to post their best practices, ask questions, and write about their experiences. The site is bilingual.

    Join us and I will post your site with your permission.

    E. Kelly

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