Lead With and Through: Harnessing the Potential of Public Participation

Discount available for groups

This course will take place online via Zoom from 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM. There will be fun pre-work assignments required for this class.

 In working with the public, do you ever wonder how to move from mere participation to genuine engagement?

 If you are a local government professional or elected leader who seeks to better understand your community’s needs, concerns, and priorities, this class is for you. 

 As a government organization, public participation is an often-mandated prerequisite for certain decisions.  Within this context, it can feel like an activity which we do simply to check a box. When public participation processes fall short, we get an incomplete picture of the community, often increasing distrust or lack of confidence in government.  In the long run, less-than-optimal public participation yields less-than-optimal outcomes.  

 When public participation follows a “with-and-through” engagement mindset, rather than a “to-and-for” input mindset, we see improved communication, increased levels of trust and support for the effort, and reduced potential for needless conflict.  

 How do we shift to a with-and-through mindset and transform one-way, one-time public participation processes into multi-way, on-going community engagement?  

 In this one-day course, we will experience a with-and-through participative process, harnessing the knowledge and insights of the group.  Discussions will include: what makes a with-and-through participative process different; implications of adopting this type of approach; and imagining where, when, and how this mindset might benefit our respective communities.  

 Come prepared to engage - this will be fun and interactive as we learn with-and-through each other!


Meet Your Instructors

This course will be taught by Christy Shi Day and Dr. Sylvia Burgess. 

There currently are no scheduled offerings of this course.
For all registration questions, resetting passwords, or login issues please contact:

Dale Zuckert

Assistant Registrar
For questions regarding course details, including location, schedule, materials, and continuing education credits, please contact:

Julia Marshall

Program Associate, Management, Administration, and Leadership Group
Lydian Altman
Teaching Assistant Professor, Center for Public Leadership and Governance