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Communication During Coronavirus: Webinars, Engagement Playbook & Turnkey Public Engagement Software

Communication During Coronavirus: Webinars, Engagement Playbook & Turnkey Public Engagement Software

Public engagement efforts tend to follow a regular ebb and flow, but the arrival of COVID-19 is dramatically ...

Unified Public Involvement: How DOTs are accelerating project development through better data management

How can we accelerate projects by making public involvement more efficient and more meaningful? A recent ...
Ranking vs. Select Multiple: Best practices for engagement questions

Ranking vs. Select Multiple: Best practices for engagement questions

How Question Type Impacts Engagement Outcomes Engagement pages are a great tool to help agencies educate residents ...
From The Success Team: Top 5 Online Help Articles For Community Engagement

From The Success Team: Top 5 Online Help Articles For Community Engagement

When it comes to public engagement, we all want great results representative of the entire community. However, ...
Transit agencies: 3 steps to gather more public feedback that can also increase ridership

Transit agencies: 3 steps to gather more public feedback that can also increase ridership

“Who is our audience?” It is important for transit agencies to ensure that current riders are having a great ...
Public engagement questions to ask consultants during a ‘shortlist’ interview

Public engagement questions to ask consultants during a ‘shortlist’ interview

Public engagement is an important part of your consultant’s work, yet many agencies can have trouble deciding ...
3 Public Involvement Trends To Look Out for in 2020

3 Public Involvement Trends To Look Out for in 2020

What's in store for 2020? The way government organizations are approaching public involvement is changing ...

TransLoc partners with PublicInput.com to increase community involvement in microtransit services

PublicInput.com’s software will help transit agencies boost ridership by capturing rider sentiment and needs ...
Case Study: NCDOT Increases Community Engagement & Accelerates Projects

Case Study: NCDOT Increases Community Engagement & Accelerates Projects

NCDOT brings unified approach to public involvement to increase community engagement and accelerate ...
IAP2 Recap: Better Decisions Made Together

IAP2 Recap: Better Decisions Made Together

This past month over 250 public participation professionals came together in Charlotte at The IAP2 North America ...
Better together: IAP2 Best Practices and Public Participation Software

Better together: IAP2 Best Practices and Public Participation Software

The IAP2 Spectrum of Public Participation When public involvement practitioners are looking for best practices, ...
Mixed Mode Surveying: A best practice for increasing equity in public engagement

Mixed Mode Surveying: A best practice for increasing equity in public engagement

What is mixed-mode surveying? Academics and researchers have long heralded “mixed-mode” surveying, the ...
Five Tactics Guaranteed to Increase Community Engagement

Five Tactics Guaranteed to Increase Community Engagement

See how government organizations are increasing community engagement by lowering barriers to public participation.
3 Benefits Of Working With Consultants Who Use Innovative Community Engagement Software

3 Benefits Of Working With Consultants Who Use Innovative Community Engagement Software

Trusting a consulting professional with the community engagement process, whether for a single project or over the ...
How organizations are increasing equity and inclusivity with social media advertising

How organizations are increasing equity and inclusivity with social media advertising

Public organizations are now capitalizing on the everyday presence of social media in residents’ lives by applying targeted advertising methods and connecting these efforts to the bigger picture of engagement through centralized public engagement software.

National survey of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) reveals real challenges gaining public involvement

A nationwide survey of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) serving metropolitan areas of 200,000 or more citizens offers new insights into how challenging it is to gain public input for important public works projects.
What are the benefits of closing the feedback loop?

What are the benefits of closing the feedback loop?

Closing the feedback loop to report findings is one step in the public engagement process that may be overlooked because of a lack of staff time or bandwidth. After collecting public input and finding key insights, we might often go straight to outlining a plan without following up with residents on how their input may have impacted that plan.
PublicInput.com on GovLove: The 5 most common community engagement pitfalls

PublicInput.com on GovLove: The 5 most common community engagement pitfalls

Community engagement - whether in a town of 5,000 or a major metropolis - comes down to intention and design. PublicInput.com CEO Jay Dawkins spoke about this, and five common pitfalls of community engagement, in a recent episode of the ELGL podcast, GovLove.

Engaging Residents Through Relevance – Webinar Highlights

PublicInput.com co-hosted a webinar with Planning Supervisor TJ McCourt of Raleigh, NC. McCourt and his team recently received national attention from NRPA’s Parks & Recreation for their Raleigh dog parks project. Watch the highlights or use the jump links to fast-forward.
More Meaningful Feedback: How Online Engagement Software Makes A Difference

More Meaningful Feedback: How Online Engagement Software Makes A Difference

Great community engagement relies on getting meaningful feedback from residents on a given project. Meaningful feedback makes engagement efforts worthwhile, provides valuable insights to project teams, and builds public trust by improving the relationship between residents and local government.
Product Update: Custom links for segmenting participants and tracking what works

Product Update: Custom links for segmenting participants and tracking what works

Ever feel like you’re doing a lot to drive community engagement, but aren’t sure what’s working?What if you could tell which specific outreach efforts were generating the most participation? Or segment participants based on how they found you? Now you can do both using custom links in PublicInput.com…

Engage using standard survey question formats that you’re used to with consumer survey tools. From the single and multi-select, to Likert, slider, and text input formats, you’ve got the basics covered.