Centre for Public Involvement 524494de4d96e6264100012e 2016-04-22T10:50:17-06:00 Engaged scholars at UAlberta: Community-Based Research & Learning Symposium celebrates interdisciplinary partnerships 571a52f6d4c961795308ffcd 2016-04-22T10:50:17-06:00 2016-04-22T10:40:00-06:00 <p>The <a href="http://www.extension.ualberta.ca/">Faculty of Extension</a> pursues opportunities to build community-university partnerships that integrate community-engaged learning (teaching), discovery (research), and citizenship (service). A recent Community-Based Research &amp; Learning Symposium held at the University of Alberta provided an ideal opportunity to demonstrate Extension’s legacy and leadership in the study and practice of community engagement.</p> <p>The Faculty’s Centre for Public Involvement (<span class="caps">CPI</span>) partnered with <a href="https://uofa.ualberta.ca/community-service-learning" title="CSL">Community Service-Learning</a> for their inaugural symposium on community-based research (<span class="caps">CBR</span>). The two-day symposium featured <a href="http://unescochr-cbrsr.academia.edu/BuddHall">Budd Hall</a> and <a href="http://unescochr-cbrsr.academia.edu/BuddHall">Rajesh Tandon</a>, <span class="caps">UNESCO</span> co-chairs of <a href="http://unescochair-cbrsr.org/about-unesco-chair/"><span class="caps">CBR</span> and social responsibility in higher education</a>, with Faculty of Extension guest speakers <a href="http://www.speakersalberta.com/_Makokis.html">Patricia Makokis</a> (Indigenous engagement research scholar), <a href="http://www.extension.ualberta.ca/research/professoriate-directory/iwasaki/">Yoshitaka Iwasaki</a> (associate dean of research), and <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/zane-hamm-9a971a70">Zane Hamm</a> (research and programs Coordinator, <span class="caps">CPI</span>). Participants from more than 20 community partner organizations came together with faculty and students from across 20 different university departments and research centres for the symposium workshops.</p> <p>“The timing is ideal,” says <a href="http://www.extension.ualberta.ca/research/professoriate-directory/campbell/">Katy Campbell</a>, dean of the Faculty of Extension. “For over a century, Extension has been at the forefront of bridging academic inquiry and community engagement, and we are thrilled to be a part of the university’s growing emphasis on advancing social justice through engaged scholarship.”</p> <p>As executive director of Community Service-Learning <a href="http://ualberta.academia.edu/DavidPeacock">David Peacock</a> explains, &#8220;this symposium and our partnership with the Faculty of Extension and Centre for Public Involvement responds to a need identified by community partners to further explore community-engaged research and learning opportunities. We wanted to create a knowledge exchange amongst <span class="caps">UNESCO</span> scholars and local experts. <span class="caps">CSL</span>, the Faculty of Extension, and the <span class="caps">CPI</span> are well placed to facilitate discussions on pedagogy and research partnerships in which community members are equal participants.&#8221;</p> <p><strong>Learning citizenship in everyday life</strong></p> <p>&#8220;How do we learn the foundations of citizenship?&#8221; asked Rajesh Tandon, kicking off the symposium with a foundation and framework for thinking about citizenship and democracy. Founder of Participatory Research in Asia (<span class="caps">PRIA</span>) and an international leader in participatory research and development, Tandon called for building organizations and capacities of the marginalized through their knowledge, learning, and empowerment, and invited symposium participants to share understandings of citizenship across global and local contexts.</p> <p>Yoshitaka Iwasaki highlighted youth engagement and community-based research as examples of local democracy in action. Dr. Iwasaki responded to Dr. Tandon’s challenge with a discussion of the implications of community-based research for community practice and policy. His work, conducted in partnership with community organizations and Edmonton youth, exemplifies the local community-based, participatory focus of Extension research and social action.</p> <p>Zane Hamm from the <span class="caps">CPI</span> collaborated with <span class="caps">CSL</span> and Dr. Tandon to design and host one of the symposium’s community sessions. She shared critical insights for community-engaged scholarship, with possibilities and challenges for universities and community organizations. Zane described a forthcoming collaborative research project that will use community mapping to explore where and how democracy and citizenship learning happens “on the ground” in Edmonton. This work will open an &quot;ongoing dialogue with local citizens about what we know, what is happening right here, on the ground, in Edmonton. The lessons we learn will inform participatory democracy and engagement practice in both local and global contexts.”</p> <p>The Faculty of Extension is strengthening the network and capacity for engaged scholarship with and within communities, mobilizing research that supports community participation and action. Collaboration with Community Service-Learning offers an opportunity to create local connections with broad impact, and <span class="caps">CPI</span> is excited to take action and see these possibilities growing in Edmonton. &#8220;It’s at the core of our mandate to advance both the scholarship and practice of public engagement,&#8221; says Zane. &#8220;This work is about strengthening engagement in Edmonton through community-based research and practice — with structures to support a true culture of engagement.&#8221;</p> <p><img src="/assets/571a5359edb2f370af092b47/blog_image/Zane_1_2016_03_22_14_38_31.jpg" alt="" /> <img src="/assets/571a5343a0b5dd0ff200c7ed/blog_image/Rajesh_workshop_2016_03_22_13_18_51.jpg" alt="" /><br /> <em>Zane Hamm and Rajesh Tandon speak at the symposium</em></p> Congrats to CPI Board Member Michael Phair! Newest Chair of the U of A Board of Governors 56f46c2fedb2f3635e09cdf8 2016-03-24T16:39:19-06:00 2016-03-24T16:35:00-06:00 <p>Congratulations to community member and <span class="caps">CPI</span> board member Michael Phair for his appointment as Chair of the University of Alberta Board of Governors.</p> <p>Michael Phair has a long history working with and supporting the university and the Edmonton community. In addition to sitting on the <span class="caps">CPI</span> management board, he serves in an advisory capacity to the City-Region Studies Centre (link) and the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services (link), and he is currently an adjunct professor with the Faculty of Education.</p> <p>In his new role, Michael will be responsible for representing the Board of Governors to the Alberta Minister for Advanced Education, helping guide the future of the institution and ensuring that public resources are used effectively to promote public good. Says Michael Phair, “I am honoured to Chair the Board, and am committed to the teaching and research excellence of a great Canadian University—the U of A.”</p> <p>We can’t wait to see how Michael continues to make positive impacts on the university and greater community.</p> <p>Read more about Michael Phair’s community contributions and his new position in the <a href="http://www.alberta.ca/release.cfm?xID=40278FC2B09A2-EF2F-78D2-7BB36DAD1E0AA7E7">Government of Alberta media release</a>.</p> Strengthening Public Engagement in Edmonton with Public Agenda 5696a1a1d4c9612e36097699 2016-01-13T13:24:07-07:00 2016-01-13T11:30:00-07:00 <p>Public Agenda recently posted a blog article featuring a recently collaboration.</p> <p>Read more about our Strengthening Public Engagement in Edmonton workshop <a href="http://www.publicagenda.org/blogs/strengthening-public-engagement-in-edmonton-canada">here</a>.</p> Happy Holidays! 56799143edb2f3791a16fa3b 2015-12-22T11:07:00-07:00 2015-12-22T11:05:00-07:00 <p>The Centre for Public Involvement would like to wish everyone a very merry holiday and happy new year! We are eagerly looking forward to all the great things 2016 will bring.</p> Webinar: Connecting Research and Practice 56734794a0b5dd5997028b13 2015-12-17T17:05:10-07:00 2015-12-17T16:00:00-07:00 <p>Adapted from IAP2 <span class="caps">USA</span>: <a href="http://iap2usa.org/webinars#November2015">www.iap2usa.org/webinars#November2015</a></p> <p>As the field of public participation evolves, taking academic research and &#8220;lessons learned&#8221; and putting that knowledge into practice becomes increasingly important. In November we heard from two leaders on combining the two disciplines.</p> <p><strong>Fiona Cavanagh, Executive Director of the Centre for Public Involvement (<span class="caps">CPI</span>).</strong> <span class="caps">CPI</span> is a partnership between the City of Edmonton and the University of Alberta conducting research work in a number of fields, particularly engagement at the civic level, and <a href="http://centreforpublicinvolvement.com/resources/overview-of-theory-practice/">sees those theories put into practice</a>.</p> <p>And Stephanie Brooks, Public Outreach specialist at Michael Baker International and a member of the U.S. Transportation Research Board&#8217;s Standing Committee on Public Involvement in Transportation (ADA60). The Committee works to enhance the understanding and practice of public involvement as an art and science in transportation policy. Stephanie shared how the Committee takes research and turns it into practical applications in the field of public transportation.</p> <p>The Centre for Public Involvement and the Subcommittee of the US Transportation Research Board have been working to marry research and practice.</p> <p><strong>Webinar Resources</strong></p> <ul> <li>View the <a href="https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-X3U0XoYSsfMU1qSXJvbFNSOEU/view?usp=sharing">webinar recording</a></li> <li>Download <a href="http://iap2canada.ca/resources/Documents/Webinars/TRB%20WEBINAR%20PRESENTATION.pptx">Stephanie Brooks&#8217; PowerPoint</a><br /> *View <a href="http://iap2canada.ca/resources/Documents/Webinars/CPI%20NOVEMBER%20WEBINAR.pdf">Fiona Cavanagh&#8217;s presentation</a><br /> *Get more information on <a href="http://iap2canada.ca/resources/Documents/Webinars/Collaborate%20with%20CPI.pdf">collaborating with <span class="caps">CPI</span></a><br /> *Read CPI&#8217;s report, Strengthening Engagement&quot;:http://www.edmonton.ca/city_government/documents/StrengtheningPublicEngagementinEdmonton_July2015.pdf<br /> *Review the <a href="http://d10k7k7mywg42z.cloudfront.net/assets/55c4e984edb2f36a0400dedb/CPI_Transportation_Report_Final.pdf">Transportation Research Study</a><br /> *Find out more about the <a href="http://centreforpublicinvolvement.com/news-articles/archives/2015/10/01/university-of-alberta-takes-a-leading-role-in-international-research-partnership-on-participation-and-democracy/">Participedia Project</a></li> </ul> Strengthening Public Engagement in Edmonton 56427f37d4c961061027097f 2015-11-10T16:40:19-07:00 2015-11-10T16:00:00-07:00 <p><em><strong>Public engagement can help communities make difficult decisions and solve formidable problems.<br /> It can help protect our rights, promote social justice and fairness, and improve our quality of life. However, there is no one-size-fits-all strategy for public engagement. Each city, each community comes with its own unique set of issues and opportunities.</strong></em></p> <p>On November 4, 2015, <span class="caps">CPI</span> joined forces with the City of Edmonton to lead a strategic workshop on public engagement. The day-long session was designed to help equip Edmonton&#8217;s municipal leaders and community representatives to better engage their citizens in meaningful civic dialogue, and ultimately to work towards a coherent, comprehensive, and home-grown system of engagement for our city.</p> <p>Session presenters were Matt Leighninger and Nicole Hewitt from New York engagement consulting organization <a href="http://www.publicagenda.org/">Public Agenda</a>. Matt and Nicole guided workshop participants, including City of Edmonton staff and representatives from the Edmonton Foundation of Community Leagues, in an interactive dialogue on best practices in engagement, as well as on how to apply learnings from engagement case studies to the Edmonton context.</p> <p>Matt Leighninger leads Public Agenda&#8217;s work in public engagement and democratic governance, and directs the Yankelovich Centre for Public Judgement. Matt was also the lead writer on CPI&#8217;s recently released report Strengthening Engagement in Edmonton (link). Nicole Hewitt is a Senior Public Engagement Associate at Public Agenda, where she designs and manages public engagement projects and leads stakeholder engagement dialogues and trainings across the United States and Canada.</p> <p>Check out the <a href="https://d10k7k7mywg42z.cloudfront.net/assets/56427ddfedb2f305ef268e9c/CoE_CPI_Matt_Leighninger_event_.pdf">event poster</a> for more information about the event agenda and guest presenters.</p> <p>Read CPI&#8217;s <a href="https://d10k7k7mywg42z.cloudfront.net/assets/559ae0bec0d671556b024e9f/Council_Initiative_Report_2015.pdf">report on Strengthening Public Engagement in Edmonton</a> to learn more about the best practices in public engagement, including the key elements of successful strategies.</p> University of Alberta Takes a Leading Role in International Research Partnership on Participation and Democracy 560d5ea8c0d6716a6f003ffa 2015-11-10T16:35:47-07:00 2015-10-01T10:00:00-06:00 <p>We are in the midst of a transformation of democracy — one possibly as revolutionary as the development of the representative, party-based form of democracy that evolved out of the universal franchise. This transformation involves hundreds of thousands of new channels of citizen involvement in government, often outside the more visible politics of electoral representation, and occurring in most countries of the world.</p> <p>In light of these fast-moving changes, the Centre for Public Involvement, Faculty of Extension, is pleased to report that it is playing an important role in a new global partnership that has been awarded a significant grant to support the work of the <a href="http://www.participedia.net/">Participedia Project</a>. The Participedia Project’s primary goals are to <strong><em>map</em></strong> the developing sphere of participatory democratic innovations; <strong><em>explain</em></strong> why they are developing as they are; <strong><em>assess</em></strong> their contributions to democracy and good governance; and <strong><em>transfer</em></strong> this knowledge back into practice.</p> <p>University of Alberta researchers — Dr. Marco Adria, Faculty of Extension, Dr. David Kahane (Political Science), with Centre for Public Involvement Executive Director Fiona Cavanagh, Faculty of Extension — will play an important role in this project by focusing their contributions on involving master’s and doctoral students in exploring and documenting innovations in public involvement. Dr. Katy Campbell, Dean of the <a href="https://www.extension.ualberta.ca/">Faculty of Extension</a>, &#8220;is extremely pleased to be a part of this research project. Working across disciplines and sectors, in particular with our partners such as the City of Edmonton, will enhance the participatory research and community-based scholarship we are doing as a Faculty.&#8221;</p> <p>As part of its work on the <a href="http://www.participedia.net/">Participedia Project</a>, the Centre for Public Involvement will continue to collaborate with its founding partner, the City of Edmonton, to advance the scholarship and practice of public involvement.</p> <p>The 5-year, $2.5M Partnership Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (<span class="caps">SSHRC</span>) was awarded to the Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions and the Department of Political Science at the University of British Columbia. The <span class="caps">SSHRC</span> Partnership Grant will support the collaborative work of an extensive community of academic researchers, students, practitioners of democratic innovations, design and technology professionals, and others.</p> <p>The project partners include eight Canadian universities and seventeen additional universities and non-governmental organizations representing every continent on the globe. (Please see below for a list of the project partners. Full lists of the project’s collaborators and co-investigators can be found here.) More than $1M of the Partnership Grant funds will be split among project partners to support student research and travel that will further the students’ learning, while also advancing Participedia’s mission. For their part, the project partners have collectively pledged an additional $2M in cash and in-kind contributions to the initiative.</p> <p>Professor Mark E. Warren, the Harold and Dorrie Merilees Chair for the Study of Democracy in UBC’s Department of Political Science, co-founded Participedia in 2009 with Professor Archon Fung, Academic Dean and Ford Foundation Professor of Democracy and Citizenship at Harvard University’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. Warren serves as Participedia’s project director and as principal investigator for the <span class="caps">SSHRC</span> Partnership Grant.</p> <p>Shared online research platforms will make it easy for both experts and non-experts to gather information. The current beta platform at www.participedia.net has already facilitated the collection of close to 1,000 entries cataloguing <strong><em>case examples</em></strong> of participatory politics; the <strong><em>organizations</em></strong> that design, implement, or support the cases; and the variety of <strong><em>methods</em></strong> used to guide democratic innovations.</p> <p>Warren emphasizes the project’s ambitious goals, noting that “By organizing hundreds of researchers, the Participedia Project will not only anchor and strengthen the emerging field of democratic innovations, but also develop a new model for global collaboration in the social sciences.”</p> <p>Expectations for the Participedia Project’s outcomes include:</p> <ul> <li>innovative research platforms to enable extensive, decentralized, co-production of knowledge;</li> <li>a deep and voluminous common pool of knowledge about participatory democratic innovations that will support a new generation of research and practice; and</li> <li>global and diverse communities of research and practice focused on participatory democratic innovations.</li> </ul> <p>Partner organizations include the University of British Columbia, University of Alberta, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, InterPARES Trust, McGill University, McMaster University, Université de Montreal, Simon Fraser University, University of Toronto, University of Toronto-Scarborough, the Deliberative Democracy Consortium, Harvard University, the International Observatory on Participatory Democracy, Nanyang Technological University, the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation, Peking University, Pennsylvania State University, Research College / University of Duisburg-Essen, Syracuse University, Tsinghua University, Universidade de Coimbra, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, University of Bologna, University of Canberra, University of the Western Cape, University of Westminster, and the World Bank Institute.</p> <p><em><strong>If you are interested in learning more about this project and CPI&#8217;s involvement in this exciting work, contact Fiona Cavanagh, Executive Director of <span class="caps">CPI</span> at the Faculty of Extension, University of Alberta: (780) 492-9181 or <a href="mailto:Fiona.cavanagh@ualberta.ca">Fiona.cavanagh@ualberta.ca</a></strong></em></p> Listening, Learning, and Collaborating to End Poverty in Edmonton 56007b49c0d671062601cefe 2015-09-22T12:08:13-06:00 2015-09-22T09:00:00-06:00 <p><em>by Meaghan Trewin, Faculty of Extension</em></p> <p>Creating a city with no poverty and where all have equal opportunities to thrive: that’s the goal the EndPovertyEdmonton Task Force is striving to achieve within one generation. After presenting their <a href="http://www.endpovertyedmonton.ca/new-page-1/">strategy</a> to city council on September 22, they will begin developing a 10-year plan for action.</p> <p>Chaired by Mayor Don Iveson and Bishop Jane Alexander, the Task Force brings together a diversity of city stakeholders; including business leaders, lawyers, frontline service workers, advocates, policy-makers, and academics, including several Faculty of Extension researchers and affiliates from the <a href="http://www.cup.ualberta.ca/" title="CUP">Community-University Partnership for the Study of Children, Youth, and Families</a> and the <a href="http://www.centreforpublicinvolvement.com/" title="CPI">Centre for Public Involvement</a>.</p> <p>As members and consultants on the Task Force, Extension researchers brought to the table their expertise in research process, policy development, community engagement, and collaboration. Part of this work involved drawing on information gathered from 1,200 low-income families during the <a href="http://www.familiesfirstedmonton.ualberta.ca/">Families First Edmonton</a> study, a project that was concluded in 2012 and left a rich legacy of information on the barriers impacting low-income families in our city, as well as strategies for working collaboratively across community agencies and government to make a positive difference in their lives.</p> <p>According to <span class="caps">CPI</span> executive director Fiona Cavanagh, who served as chair of the Information and Research Round Table: “A core commitment, foundational to the work done by the task force, was that research supporting the development of a strategy to end poverty must be community-based and participatory, that is, done in true partnership and collaboration with individuals and families living in poverty. This is research that fully honours the expertise and diverse insights and knowledge of people who are living poverty daily. Their stories are central and drive inquiry.”</p> <p>For Maria Mayan, assistant director of Women and Children’s Health at <span class="caps">CUP</span>, Extension’s involvement in the Task Force is a sign of an important shift in the policy development process. “When it comes to community issues,” says Maria, “the really exciting thing is that research was welcomed at the table; research was considered important in community matters.” Similarly, the Faculty’s significant investment in this work is a great example of its own strategic priorities. “This kind of work is very close to where our values lie as a Faculty, and as researchers,” says Maria, citing Extension’s commitment to community engagement, collaboration, social justice, and research-informed policy.</p> <p>Extension’s commitment is also echoed in its educational offerings, including a newly launched <a href="https://www.extension.ualberta.ca/study/community-engagement-studies/">Master of Arts degree in Community Engagement</a>, as well as several courses and programs in community-based research and community leadership. These programs, like the Faculty of Extension research, focus on inquiry as an engaged process that builds capacities for people and communities and gives back to the publics we serve.</p> <p><em>Extension researchers and affiliates involved in the EndPovertyEdmonton Task Force included: Laurie Schnirer, Maria Mayan, Laura Templeton, and Jeff Bisanz from the Community-University Partnership for the Study of Children, Youth, and Families (<span class="caps">CUP</span>), and Fiona Cavanagh from the Centre for Public Involvement (<span class="caps">CPI</span>).</em></p> <p><img src="/assets/56017b67edb2f3351106a617/Poverty_Speech_Sept_2015_2941.JPG" alt="" /> <img src="/assets/56017b68edb2f3352b06bfd3/Poverty_Speech_Sept_2015_2948__1_.JPG" alt="" /> <img src="/assets/56017b6bd4c961107d06f6ca/Poverty_Speech_Sept_2015_2929.JPG" alt="" /></p> CPI Heads to Portland Conference to Share DIY Engage! Toolkit 55ef3162edb2f335500389f8 2015-09-08T13:30:29-06:00 2015-09-08T13:00:00-06:00 <p>As the <span class="caps">CPI</span> team is putting the finishing touches on the <span class="caps">DIY</span> Engage! Toolkit, they head to Portland, Oregon to debut this new resource at the annual <a href="http://iap2usa.org/na2015conf">IAP2 (International Association for Public Participation) North American Conference</a>.</p> <p>The <span class="caps">DIY</span> Engage! Toolkit is a resource designed specifically to help organizations and communities design more inclusive places, projects and groups. This resource is accessible to anyone, whether you are planning a youth engagement event or gathering feedback from community members. Whenever there is a decision to be made that will impact others, this toolkit can help!</p> <p>Says Fiona Cavanagh, Executive Director of <span class="caps">CPI</span>, “we created this resource out of a need identified by organizations wanting to address barriers to participation and make their communities more inclusive.” The kit includes interactive tools and materials for anyone doing engagement work, including a conversation blueprint, a deck of challenge cards, and a set of buttons designed to encourage outside-of-the-box thinking. The kit is built using timely scholarly research and concepts. Each item has an intended purpose and will contribute to helping engage participants in decision-making.</p> <p>Following the official launch of the <span class="caps">DIY</span> Engage! Toolkit in Portland, <span class="caps">CPI</span> will begin pilot testing this new resource with community partners. In coming months, downloadable toolkit components will be posted on the website, and complete kits will be available for purchase through the Centre for Public Involvement.</p> <p>If you are interested in learning more about this resource, or participating in the pilot test, contact <strong>cpi@ualberta.ca</strong>.</p> <p>Learn more about IAP2 and the Portland conference on the official <a href="http://iap2usa.org/na2015conf">conference website</a>.</p> Report on Strengthening Engagement in Edmonton now available 558466c4edb2f36e92001570 2015-07-06T14:11:08-06:00 2015-06-19T12:00:00-06:00 <p>In partnership with the City of Edmonton Council Initiative on Public Engagement, researchers from <span class="caps">CPI</span> collaborated with City staff to examine the practices, cultures and structures to support excellence in engagement. This report builds on current foundations for enhanced research and best practices.</p> <p>Read the full report <a href="/assets/559ae0bec0d671556b024e9f/Council_Initiative_Report_2015.pdf">here!</a></p> Bringing Learning Alive at ‘City Hall High’ 5570869bedb2f3774d044b3e 2015-06-29T12:20:49-06:00 2015-06-04T11:10:00-06:00 <p><em>by Trina Moyles, Faculty of Extension</em></p> <p>It wasn’t what high school students would’ve expected from Edmonton’s City Council – tweeting, speed dating with city councillors, and arguing for and against rave culture in the city in a mock council meeting – but it was exactly what took place when the Office for the City Clerk teamed up with the Edmonton Public School’s (<span class="caps">EPS</span>) Legacy program to organize a day-long workshop for 40 diverse high school students on municipal and civic engagement.</p> <p>“It’s the goal of what we do,” said Mavis Nathoo, organizer with the Office of the City Clerk, “we help citizens answer the questions – how do I get involved? Why? What’s the best way?”</p> <p>Nathoo and fellow organizer at the Office of the City Clerk, Sara McKerry, wanted to make the day- long workshop for Edmonton’s high school students ‘fun, participatory and interactive’.</p> <p>The Centre for Public Involvement (<span class="caps">CPI</span>) partnered with the Office of the City Clerk to capture the student experiences learning and impact of the workshop. They explored youth’s perceptions of what it means to participate, including barriers and changes as a result of participating in the day. As a research centre for excellence in engagement, <span class="caps">CPI</span> is motivated to learn about political efficacy of youth and how citizenship learning is happening in the City.</p> <p>“CPI came in and did an amazing job because not only did they measure learning, but they also measured attitudinal change, development of skill but the attitude of “yes, I can get involved!” Nathoo exclaims.</p> <p>The highlight of the day’s activities included a mock committee meeting and a mock public hearing that both focused on issues that mattered to both youth and the city of Edmonton. Students had to develop arguments for or against the possibility of allowing raves to take place in the city, getting creative with ideas and discovering the challenges and opportunities of role-playing.</p> <p>“We didn’t want to say to them, put your phones away,” says McKerry.</p> <p>“We wanted them tweeting in session – the hashtag #EPSLegacy. We also asked them to tell us how mobile friendly and accessible we are. Can you find the agenda items? Could you sit in a council meeting and pull up a report on your phone?”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Yes, we are here and aware! Excited to learn more about our municipal gov&#39;t <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/EPSlegacy?src=hash">#EPSlegacy</a></p><p>&mdash; Johannah Ko (@speak_yeg) <a href="https://twitter.com/speak_yeg/status/573167137516175361">March 4, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>City Councillors, including Walters, Sohi, McKeen and Henderson, participated in the Speed Dating session, rotating from table to table with students to respond to their rapid-fire questions and concerns.</p> <p>“We prepared the students to think about the questions they’d have for councillors,” explains Nathoo. “We asked the, what do you want to know from councillors? What do you want to hear from them about how they do their work, and what it means to them?”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">&quot;Speed dating with <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/yegcc?src=hash">#yegcc</a> &quot; <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/epslegacy?src=hash">#epslegacy</a> Thnks <a href="https://twitter.com/michaeloshry"><code>michaeloshry&lt;/a&gt;, &lt;a href="https://twitter.com/waltersyeg"&gt;</code>waltersyeg</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/Scott_McKeen"><code>Scott_McKeen&lt;/a&gt;, &lt;a href="https://twitter.com/SohiAmarjeet"&gt;</code>SohiAmarjeet</a> &amp; <a href="https://twitter.com/AndrewKnack">@AndrewKnack</a> <a href="http://t.co/JWdP3YSgb8">pic.twitter.com/JWdP3YSgb8</a></p><p>&mdash; City Hall School (@CityHallSchool) <a href="https://twitter.com/CityHallSchool/status/573244308393877504">March 4, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>The results of CPI’s survey indicated that high school students truly benefited from the workshop in better understanding how city council functions, and most importantly, how they can get involved in decision making. Some of the results included:</p> <ul> <li>Prior to the workshop, 26% of students disagreed or strongly disagreed that people like them can affect what the government does. After participating in the workshop, 100% of students agreed or strongly agreed that “people like me can affect what the government does.”</li> <li>56% strongly agreed that they’d be more likely to get involved in community issues/municipal politics after the session.</li> <li>Prior to the session, 20 % of students indicated they did not have the skills and knowledge, to get in involved in civic affairs and municipal decision making (or did not know). After participating in the session 100% of participants responded they had skills and knowledge to get involved.</li> </ul> <p>Click <a href="/assets/55918c34edb2f3687800f19e/City_Hall_High___Summary_Report_2015.pdf">here</a> for full survey results!</p> <p>“I thought being able to do the hearings helped me understand when I speak at those in the future,” says one of the high school students.<br /> Nathoo and McKerry report they’ve already seen an increase in youth’s participation at City Hall.</p> <p>“It was very exciting because two of [the students] who were in our program came to a public hearing a few weeks after, on infill development. As part of the legacy program, it was something they’d been studying and came and did a great presentation,” McKerry says enthusiastically.</p> <p>Organizers Nathoo and McKerry were grateful to CPI’s process of evaluation and they hope the end results will demonstrate the value in engaging high school students through City Hall High.</p> <p>“Research is critical to gain insight about whether programs like City Hall High succeed in changing knowledge and attitudes in how people interact with government,” says Zane Hamm, Research Coordinator at <span class="caps">CPI</span>.</p> <p>“The energy and passion we witnessed in the students and City staff was exciting. We were able to see how “hands on learning” brings City Hall alive.”</p> Exploring the Art of Urban Design, Planning and Participation 555e39fec0d67171d80169e9 2015-05-21T14:03:29-06:00 2015-05-21T14:00:00-06:00 <p>The city is the classroom.</p> <p>It’s the key theme behind <a href="http://citystudiovancouver.com/the-art-of-cities/">The Art of Cities</a>, a workshop for Canadian community-university teams to come together May 25-27, 2015 to envision opportunities for urban design and development, and to find new ways to engage students in the creative process of re-imagining solutions to sustainability issues.</p> <p>The City of Edmonton was one of eight cities selected to attend the Vancouver-based workshop, and will involve a diverse team of urban stakeholders, including Fiona Cavanagh and Zane Hamm with the Centre for Public Involvement (<span class="caps">CPI</span>), University of Alberta; Jeff Chase with the City of Edmonton <a href="http://www.edmonton.ca/citylab.aspx">CITYlab</a>, and Julia Dalman, a graduate student in Education Policy Studies at the University of Alberta, invited by <span class="caps">CPI</span>.</p> <p>“I am thrilled to be attending the workshop and to learn about the CityStudio model so that we can develop a made in Edmonton version,” says Fiona Cavanagh, Executive Director of <span class="caps">CPI</span>.</p> <p><span class="caps">CPI</span> is a unique partnership between the City of Edmonton and the Faculty of Extension that aims to study innovative practices for citizen engagement and deliberation in decision making.</p> <p>“I’m looking forward to collaborating with our colleagues at CITYlab to create a model for experiential learning and developing projects on place making, democracy and participatory research,” Cavanagh says.</p> <p>Jeff Chase is a senior city planner with CITYlab, which is a unit within Sustainable Development that strives to support small urban planning projects and activities that spark public conversation.</p> <p>“This is a great opportunity to connect with like-minded colleagues, community builders, and city-thinkers from across Canada,” says Chase.<br /> “It will be great to learn from the Vancouver (and other city’s) models, and to share some of the successes we’re having here in Edmonton. It will be great to share this experience with our friends at <span class="caps">CPI</span> so that we can look forward to new opportunities here in Edmonton.”</p> <p>The Art of Cities is organized by <a href="http://citystudiovancouver.com">CityStudio</a>, an innovation hub working within Vancouver’s City Hall to connect students and young leaders with city professionals on urban design, project development and implementation, and decision making.</p> <p>The Art of Cities is welcoming community-university teams from Brantford, Calgary, Hamilton, Surrey, Toronto, Waterloo and Winnipeg.</p> Public Involvement and Transportation 55073465c0d6710706036932 2015-08-07T11:30:59-06:00 2015-03-16T13:00:00-06:00 <p>The City of Edmonton’s Transportation Services Branch (Transportation Services) is one of the city’s largest departments with a staff of 3,300 people and a broad portfolio—which includes bike lanes, <span class="caps">LRT</span> lines and roads. The projects that Transportation Services are responsible for are complex, technical, and have long-term implications. Transportation is a field that directly impacts the lives of all Edmontonians. The magnitude of the portfolio coupled with the impact of transportation decisions on citizens offers Transportation Services both a challenge and an opportunity: to meaningfully engage citizens in the development of a well-designed and sustainable transportation system.</p> <p>Transportation Services recognizes that excellence in engagement is critical to effective transportation planning. A joint research project was launched in late 2013 with <span class="caps">CPI</span> to conduct an internal review across all branches of the department.</p> <p><span class="caps">CPI</span> is working with Transportation Services to develop recommendations that will shape long-term planning and excellence in public engagement within the department. The study employed various research methods (survey, interviews, literature review, and case studies) and was conducted by an interdisciplinary research team of faculty and graduate students from the University of Alberta. The team collected data, analyzed results and compiled a report that consisted of ten challenges and corresponding recommendation for the department to consider. The study and the final report were guided by an Advisory Committee consisting of a councillor, community representatives, City of Edmonton and City of Calgary administrators, and public engagement specialists.</p> <p>The a multi-year internal study of the Department of Transportation Services culminated in a Report completed in March, 2015.</p> <p>Browse through the complete Report <a href="/assets/55c4e984edb2f36a0400dedb/CPI_Transportation_Report_Final.pdf">here</a>!</p> Designing Engagement 5507109cedb2f3789103699d 2015-03-16T11:19:26-06:00 2015-03-16T11:00:00-06:00 <p>Engagement. Where to begin? How to engage with diverse groups? How to involve youth in meaningful ways? These questions are at the fore of engagement and are critical to effective public participation.</p> <p>The Centre is developing a of <span class="caps">DIY</span> Engage! Tool Kit to tackle these questions and challenges. This will be an open sourced evolving tool kit to equip community builders for effective public engagement. Once the <span class="caps">TDIY</span> Engage! Tool Kit is complete, the Centre will begin testing it&#8217;s effectiveness with partners in the community.</p> <p>Check back here for more details!</p> Democracy in Action 55070b47d4c96166f8038679 2015-07-11T13:31:27-06:00 2015-03-16T10:00:00-06:00 <p>The Centre for Public Involvement worked with the City of Edmonton and leading Public Involvement experts to develop a resource for engagement. This project feeds into the Council Initiative on Public Engage that recognizes citizen involvement as a priority.</p> <p>A team of national and international scholars and practitioners have created a guide to engagement that is accessible and enhances democracy beyond the voting booth.</p> <p>Click <a href="/assets/55a16de9c0d671556b035c01/NEW_Youth_Civic.pdf">here</a> to take a look!</p>