Working with Citizen Advisory Committees and Boards

  • Chapel Hill, NC

One of the most common and substantive ways citizen participation in local government occurs is through service on appointed advisory committees (CACs) and boards (also sometimes called commissions or task forces). While some CACs are statutorily mandated, most are created at the discretion of governing boards in order to provide community input for various local government functions.

How can local governments get the most out of CACs? 

What practices yield positive results for the organization as well as a positive experience for citizen volunteers? 

This one-day workshop explores promising practices of non-mandated, local government citizen advisory committees and boards. Participants will learn about important nuts-and-bolts, including clarifying roles and expectations; recruiting, appointing, and training volunteers; staffing and managing committee work; and evaluating CAC effectiveness. Participants will also contribute to the learning by completing a pre-workshop survey and participating in a collaborative learning exercise to identify key issues and share promising practices from their experience. Program facilitators will prepare a workshop report that will be distributed to all participants soon afterward.

 

*Participants will be asked to complete a pre-workshop survey.  The survey will be sent out via email in April. 

The Local Government Federal Credit Union offers scholarships to local government employees to apply towards tuition for conferences, classes, and seminars offered by the School of Government. There are five deadlines to submit applications: March 1, June 1, August 1, September 1 and December 1.
  • Chapel Hill, NC
    June 15
    School of Government
    Knapp-Sanders Building, CB #3330
    400 South Road
    Chapel Hill, NC 27516
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    The Local Government Federal Credit Union offers scholarships to local government employees to apply towards tuition for conferences, classes, and seminars offered by the School of Government. There are five deadlines to submit applications: March 1, June 1, August 1, September 1 and December 1.
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Dale Zuckert

Assistant Registrar
919.966.4414
For questions regarding course details, including location, schedule, materials, and continuing education credits, please contact:

Jo Ann Brewer

Program Manager
919.966.4197
Richard Morse
Associate Professor of Public Administration and Government
John Stephens
Associate Professor of Public Administration and Government