Working with Citizen Advisory Committees and Boards

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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. 

Recurring: 
This course is offered periodically.
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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.

Faculty Coordinators

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Associate Professor of Public Administration and Government
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Associate Professor of Public Administration and Government
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Lecturer in Public Administration and Director, Public Intersection Project
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Director, Strategic Public Leadership Initiative

Participants will receive a copy of Creating and Maintaining Effective Local Government Citizen Advisory Committees (Vaughn M. Upshaw, 2010) as well as an after-workshop report.

Working with Citizen Advisory Committees and Boards Agenda
April, 2017
Working with Citizen Advisory Committees and Boards - Materials
June, 2017

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Faculty Coordinator

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Program Manager
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Faculty Coordinator

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Associate Professor of Public Administration and Government
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