North Vancouver School District
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Public Participation

​INFORM
​CONSULT
​INVOLVE
​COLLABORATE
​EMPOWER
Public participation goal
To provide the public with balanced and objective information to assist them in understanding the problem, alternatives, opportunities and/or solutions.​​To obtain public feedback on analysis, alternatives and/or decisions.
​To work directly with the public throughout the process to ensure that public concerns and aspirations are consistently understood and considered.
​To partner with the public in each aspect of the decision including the development of alternatives and the identification of the preferred solution.
​To place final decision making in the hands of the public.
Promise to the public
​We will keep you informed.
​We will keep you informed, listen to and acknowledge concerns and aspirations, and provide feedback on how public input influenced the decision.
​We will work with you to ensure that your concerns and aspirations are directly reflected in the alternatives developed and provide feedback on how public input influenced the decision.
​We will look to you for advice and innovation in formulating solutions and incorporate your advice and recommendations into the decisions to the maximum extent possible.
​We will implement what you decide.
​Examples
  • ​Website
  • Email
  • Signage
  • Information handout
  • Presentation
  • Social media
  • ​Open house
  • Public meeting
  • Survey
  • Email comments
  • Online engagement (ex: Thoughtexchange)
  • ​Workshop
  • Online engagement (ex: Thoughtexchange)
  • Committee
  • ​Committee
  • ​Election
  • Referendum

IAP2 Spectrum of Public Participation
The International Association of Public Participation's (IAP2) Spectrum of Public Participation was designed to assist with the selection of the level of participation that defines the public’s role in any public participation process. The Spectrum is used internationally and represents best practice standards of public participation.