Public Engagement Enhancement
We help you reach people at the fringe. Targeted outreach and deep listening can contribute new insights, avoid unintended consequences, and open pathways to solutions not previously considered.
Some projects require an informal, opportunistic approach; others require more structured public involvement methods, such as focus groups, qualitative interviews and photo-voice.
Our work can occur alongside a larger, traditional public involvement process. We also work with language and cultural interpreters to probe into cultural context and meaning.
We ask clients to complete the circle of dialogue by reporting back to emerging communities how their input was received and what will occur next.
Let us help you build new relationships and break new ground with your public engagement work.
- Infrastructure Equity—Facilitated stakeholder group of equity advocates, community members and city bureau representatives as part of Portland’s Comprehensive Plan Update
- Listening to People Facing Displacement—A Report for Oregon Housing and Community Services—Conducted focus groups with manufactured housing community residents, and trained agency staff to conduct focus groups in Spanish.
- Fair and Affordable Housing Planning in Washington County—Trained graduate students to conduct focus groups with Latino homeowners, mental health clients, and Muslim community center members.