Values of Citizen Participation
- People have the Right to Participate in the decisions that affect their lives.
- Beneficiaries of public policy can add value to its development and implementation (and similarly in voluntary and private sector policy and practice).
- The benefits of participation must be shared equitably.
- Participation should build trust through cooperative strategies of problem solving and discussion.
Principles of a Successful CPP
- The Scope of Activities each leavel of the CPP is authorized to consider must be clear.
- Chain of Authority flowing from neighborhoods and communities must be clear.
- Formally Authorized city code to establish the force of law in the CPP.
- Transparency, honesty and clarity about the purpose, the limits of what can and cannot be changed, who can be involved and how, and what happens as a result.
- Adequate Resources to manage the process well and to deliver on the results.
- Appropriate Participants; representative and/or inclusive, with traditionally excluded groups given special support and encouragement for their involvement. Outreach must be genuine and open
- Accessibility so that no participant is excluded because of lack of physical access to meeting places, timing, language, appropriate support (e.g. child care), etc.
- Accountability – CPP must be accountable to all those involved. This requires good record-keeping and reporting of both processes and outcomes.
- Learning and Development – Participatory processes should support a climate of learning and growth among all those involved. Including, ongoing Civic Education for effective participation by residents and government officials.
- Power – CPP must have sufficient power to achieve the agreed objectives. This may require a change in the existing power sharing arrangements.