Productive citizen participation helps improve policy outcomes. As more voices are heard, a broader perspective is shared and trust is built in the community. Today, innovative online tools make managing citizen input easier while expanding engagement to a wider base. With about 80% of North America online, it is necessary to effectively leverage the most powerful communications media available.
The Citizen Participation Suite is the most efficient way to hear from a broader group of residents. Using online engagement tools, it’s easy for more people to contribute ideas for community improvement and provide feedback on current initiatives. These tools are a convenient way for citizens to stay in engaged in the governing process and in turn, help the organization collect timely and actionable input from citizens.
The Citizen Participation Suite makes it easy to consolidate and organize public opinions. Staff can run reports and distribute them to elected members or department heads, giving them a deeper understanding of public opinion before they make decisions.
Granicus is the only provider of a platform for both open idea generation and integrated public meeting feedback.
With forums and groups, get feedback on a specific initiative or idea. All responses are related to your subject, helping you narrow ideas to what’s most important to the organization.
Encourage greater participation by acknowledging ideas. Administrators can change the status of ideas as they are considered and planned internally. Contributors can follow their idea’s progress and stay involved in their government’s decision-making process.
Allow the public to easily contribute ideas to a website dedicated to community idea sharing. As residents post ideas, other citizens, elected officials, and staff can join the conversation by voting for an idea, adding comments, and even sharing ideas to social networks.
This fully hosted, cloud-based solution can be implemented in a matter of days. Launch your new citizen engagement tools on your timeline and start building a stronger community now.
Reduce the administrative overhead of collecting and maintaining citizen feedback. Now, staff can easily run reports for elected members or various departments and share how the community is responding to particular topics.
Automatically produce an organized, concise and comprehensive report of all agenda comments for your elected members. Help them better understand the opinions of a broad group of citizens before making final policy decisions.
Encourage citizens to comment on the issues at hand with an online form tied to your upcoming meeting agenda. Residents can leave feedback on agenda items from any internet-connected device, making participation easy.
The Citizen Participation Suite integration with iLegislate® puts the public discussion on the iPad, providing idea demographics, direct agenda item feedback, and opinion percentage reporting, anywhere, anytime.