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Public Input for Municipal Policymaking: Engagement Methods and Their Impact on Trust and Confidence
Publications of Affiliated Faculty: Nebraska Public Policy Center
  • Alan Tomkins, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
  • Lisa M. Pytlik Zillig, University of Nebraska
  • Mitchel Herian, University of Nebraska - Lincoln
  • Tarik Abdel-Monem, University of Nebraska - Lincoln
  • Joseph A. Hamm, University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Date of this Version
5-1-2010
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Publisghed in , pp. 41-50. dg.o 2010, May 17-20, 2010, Puebla, Mexico. ACM [ISBN] 978-1-4503-0070-4/10/05 Copyright © 2010 Alan J. Tomkins, Lisa M. PytlikZilllig, Mitchel N. Herian, Tarik Abdel-Monem, & Joseph A. Hamm.
Abstract

Municipalities across the country use various methods of public input to inform managers and elected policymakers about citizen’s preferences and perspectives regarding budget matters or performance measures. One benefit of actively involving the public on key governmental decisions is the belief that it enhances the public’s trust and/or confidence in government. Does it make a difference in the public’s confidence assessments which public engagement technique is used? If enhancing the public’s trust/confidence is a specific objective of a public engagement, which technique is to be preferred? This article presents public trust and confidence data we have been collecting as part of ongoing public engagements in Lincoln, Nebraska, USA. We compare differences in the public’s trust and confidence in government as a function of online input versus phone surveys versus face-to-face discussions. Results suggest that there are significant differences in the public’s trust and confidence in government as a function of the type of engagement. Engagements that expose residents to governmental officials in a more salient way may be superior for increasing public trust and confidence compared to those engagements that involve less exposure to governmental officials.

Citation Information
Alan Tomkins, Lisa M. Pytlik Zillig, Mitchel Herian, Tarik Abdel-Monem, et al.. "Public Input for Municipal Policymaking: Engagement Methods and Their Impact on Trust and Confidence" (2010)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/joseph_hamm/1/