Citizen Engagement in Policy Making
Citizen engagement is recognised as a crucial element for robust, sustainable and inclusive policymaking. This course covers the rationales for citizen engagement, principles of best practice, as well as applied tools for running or contracting citizen engagement activities. The course includes a focus on the main types and methodologies of citizen engagement such as deliberation and co-creation together with case studies and political context, and guidance on how to plan citizen engagement activities and find necessary resources. The course is designed for any policy or scientific officer who is interested to learn about meaningful citizen engagement that goes beyond consultation methods.
By the end of the course, participants will understand/know/be able to:
- Grasp the rationales of citizen engagement especially in policy making and science for policy making.
- Know the basic principles of good practices in citizen engagement
- Understand the basic differences among deliberative and co-creation methodologies, as well as online and physical methodologies.
- Know the basics to plan citizen engagement.
- Know where in the Commission help can be sought to implement own processes, including from the Competence Centre on Participatory and Deliberative Democracy.
The course will be online. The training offers hands-on and practical exercises, in which participants will be invited to work on their own applied case.
Registration via EU Learn.
Day 1 | 3 March 2022
10:00 - 11:35 | Module 1: Rationales of Citizen engagement across public policy settings
11:40 - 12:00 | Module 2: The policy context and current initiatives, including the Conference on the Future of Europe and European Democracy Action Plan
Day 2 | 4 March 2022
10:00 - 12:00 | Module 3: Approach and methods with case study examples
Day 3 | 11 March 2022
10:00 - 12:00 | Module 4: Planning citizen engagement in a case study
14:00 - 16:00 | Module 4: Planning citizen engagement in a case study (cont.)