The goal of a good public process is to have all voices heard and, to have as an end result, a common ground solution to which all stakeholders are committed.
COPE's community engagement process has many points of entry, is inclusive, and respects the differences of all participants. We design plans that consider all aspects of the process including: recruitment of participants; design of the meeting materials, agendas, activities, logistics, presentation approach, and design of key presentations; press relations; and follow up. As part of our work with communities, COPE has designed several unique methods of priority setting so that participants of all ages and abilities can have a say in developing sound solutions to community-wide issues.
Some examples include:
- Prioritizing open space options for a town.
- Getting public input for a housing study.
- Setting the state's priorities for health care values.
- Giving citizens an opportunity to comment on a region's economic development plan.
Our community engagement process has helped many community organizations achieve MORE.