Champions of Participation

Champions of Participation 1

This conference brought together nearly two dozen federal managers and employees to discuss collaboration and information exchange on their public engagement efforts within their agencies. Held at Aspen Wye River in June 2006, participants worked to identify ways federal officials can, collectively and individually, advance public participation in federal government policy making at the local and national levels. They also explored best practices to cultivate an inter-agency community of practice to continue building knowledge, sharing experience, and advancing the practice of citizen engagement at the federal level.

The initial outcome of the Champions of Participation conference was the creation of a group to continue advancing and expanding public participation practices in the Executive Branch.  This group, called FedNet, is regularly convened by the Democracy Lab and the Deliberative Democracy Consortium to share experiences and strategize on ways to improve federal government decision making.

With an ultimate goal of institutionalizing public participation in agency policy making, the FedNet group is informing AmericaSpeaks‘ efforts toward achieving new National Governance Mechanisms.

Champions of Participation 2

Federal Agency Managers and Staff Weigh-In on Open Government Agenda

Open Government Report Reflects Views from Public Participation Champions at 23 Federal Agencies and Offices

Federal managers and staff from 23 different agencies and offices across the federal government recommended that the President’s Open Government Directive create a new government-wide structure that will transform how the government involves the American people in key decision making in a new report, called Champions of Participation.

More information on Champions of Participation 2 available here.

Read the Champions of Participation Executive Summary and full Report of Proceedings. A video of conference participants presenting elements of the report to Beth Noveck of the Open Government Directive may be viewed here.

Champions of Participation 3

Nineteen senior leaders from 13 federal agencies and departments came together on May 12, 2009, at the headquarters of the Transportation Security Administration to offer ideas to the Open Government Directive.

During the three-hour discussion, participants shared their hopes and concerns for the directive, discussed the most important things that the directive should accomplish, and what is needed for the directive to be successfully implemented. Beth Noveck, the director of the White House task force responsible for creating the Directive, participated in the discussion and responded to participant questions and ideas.

Learn more about Champions of Participation 3 here.

Read the Report from Senior Agency Leaders that emerged from the half day discussion.