We're constantly striving to understand how better processes can improve decision-making between governments and communities.
As a firm offering consulting services to public agencies, we have a distinct perspective on public consultation and governance. We dedicate part of our time to researching and writing about governance and civic engagement. By leveraging our experience in the field with academic research, we critically reflect on our work, contribute to the discourse about public engagement, and improve our practice.
Current Research Paper
World Congress of the International Political Science Association (IPSA)
We prepared a paper for the World Congress of the International Political Science Association (IPSA), which took place in Montreal from July 19-24. The objective of our paper was to better understand the conditions involved in the negotiation of the participatory design by looking at the actors that initiate and organize public participation. What are the effects of this professionalization of public participation? Does it compromise or encourage the democratic aims associated with public participation? Is it better to use private consultants, to train public servants to oversee public participation, or to set up an autonomous public organization devoted to public participation? How does the approach that public participation professionals take affect their abilities to design effective public participation mechanisms?