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Participatory Policymaking: A Toolkit For Social Change

The Center on Civility and Democratic Engagement is proud to host this innovative Toolkit authored by a team of MPP students at the Goldman School during the 2014-15 academic year. This First Edition has been piloted with community organizations during the 2015-16 academic year.

The Toolkit democratizes policy analysis via participatory design. The Toolkit can help communities working together to craft policy solutions to the problems they experience. It aligns the School’s well known method for policy analysis (Professor Eugene Bardach’s “Eightfold Path”) with the Center’s mission for empowering the community in the policymaking process.

The Toolkit and its use in communities and organizations is an ongoing project of the Center and the “Thinking about Policy & Privilege (TaPP),” student group at the Goldman School. The Center helps provide the Toolkit with faculty and administrative support necessary to broaden its impact.

Those interested in using this Toolkit to help facilitate participatory policymaking should contact TaPP or the Center’s Program Director, Larry Rosenthal.