League of Cities Free Guide to Increasing Civic Engagement

Planning for Stronger Local Democracy: A Field Guide for Local Officials is a new toolkit with resources to help cities and communities like Memphis to engage citizens, become more inclusive and powerful, and encourage participatory democracy.

It is published by the National League of Cities Center for Research and Innovation and may be of interest to our University of Memphis SUAPP students, our HCD Fellows, and our community partners in the Memphis area. 

The toolkit is built arouind two key lists:

  • Questions to ask about your community to take stock of local democracy
  • Key building blocks that can help create a strategy for creating greater civic engagement

The resource guide is a publication of the National League of Cities and the Deliberative Democracy Consortium and can be downloaded free of charge on their site (CLICK HERE). 


The following information is pulled from http://www.nlc.org/find-city-solutions/research-innovation/governance-civic-engagement/planning-for-stronger-local-democracy where the full Toolkit can be downloaded:

As a culmination of NLC’s work over the last decade responding to the challenges of governing democratically, NLC’s democratic governance project presents Planning for Stronger Local Democracy: A Field Guide for Local Officials. 

This tool kit is designed to assist city leaders in strengthening local democracy by cultivating a culture with their citizens and key allies that is transparent and inclusive with shared responsibilities and mutual accountability for addressing and solving problems.

Learn practical strategies that lead to a stronger local democracy. Part 1, Key Questions to Ask About How to Engage the Public, guides you through an examination of the strengths, weaknesses and history of the citizen-government relationship in cities. It includes models of practices from pioneering city leaders, their staff and democratic governance practitioners from around the country. Part 2, Developing Shared Civic Infrastructure, lays out a collaborative process for constructing a better framework for public engagement.





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