Community Engagement & Development Blog

Carlisle, PA develops a vibrant engagement platform to revamp public spaces for its community

Looking to create a more official and consolidated platform that allowed for additional oversight and increased transparency in government operations, such as the redesign of public spaces, the Carlisle team began looking at community engagement platforms. In mid-2021, they launched a CitizenLab platform and set out to generate ideas about how to use their new public spaces.

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Ensuring representation in community engagement: here’s how CitizenLab contributes

Quality community engagement helps you tap into the collective intelligence of your community and enable more inclusive, participatory, and responsive decision-making. Digital engagement platforms like CitizenLab can help ensure representation in your engagement efforts so you hear more from traditionally underheard or underrepresented groups. However, just providing an online community...
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How Struthers, OH successfully engaged youth and senior residents in their comprehensive plan

“The people are listening.” Creating a city’s inaugural comprehensive plan is a daunting task. Comprehensive planning requires the collaboration of a wide variety of community stakeholders, and affects every resident in a community. Seeking to craft a vision for a revitalized Struthers, local officials in the city’s planning department and...
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