Working Effectively With Citizen Advisory Boards and Committees
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One of the most common and substantive ways citizen participation in local government occurs is through service on appointed advisory boards (CABs) (also sometimes called committees, commissions or task forces). While some CABs are statutorily mandated, most are created at the discretion of governing boards in order to provide community input for various local government functions.
How can local governments get the most out of CABs?
What practices yield positive results for the organization as well as a positive experience for citizen volunteers?
This one-day workshop explores promising practices of non-mandated, local government citizen advisory boards. Participants will learn about important nuts-and-bolts, including clarifying roles and expectations; recruiting, appointing, and training volunteers; staffing and managing committee work; and evaluating CAB effectiveness. Participants will also contribute to the learning by completing a pre-workshop survey and doing group exercises to address key issues and promising practices from their experience.
*Participants will be asked to complete a pre-workshop survey. The survey will be sent out in advance.