Public engagement strategies as diverse as your community

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to public engagement. Poorly attended public meetings that attract the same people every time don’t cut it. That said, neither does going 180 degrees in the opposite direction with the latest digital tool. The solution is utilizing a wide range of traditional and digital engagement tools to reach individuals where they are, at the right time, with the right message, and with the right tools.

We believe in Equity in Public Engagement and therefore have developed a robust toolbox of custom engagement tactics, tools, and processes so that we connect with people on their terms.

When done correctly, public engagement can be fun and engaging, fostering civic pride. CivicBrand leads communities, developers, and universities through public engagement initiatives, including individual projects as well as developing engagement toolkits and managing an ongoing engagement strategy and culture.

  • Interactive Digital Tools
  • Youth & Student Engagement
  • Engagement Websites
  • Podcast Series
  • Virtual Engagement Rooms
  • Workshops / Charrettes
  • On-The-Street Engagement
  • Key Pad & Mobile Polling
  • Pop-Up Events & Activation
  • Language Translation
  • Focus Groups & Interviews
  • iPad & Pop-Up Kiosks

Public Engagement is the cornerstone of the CivicBrand process. Engagement initiates every project and is crucial for successful implementation. We’ve built our firm upon the Jane Jacobs quote that says, ‘Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.’

We believe that in most communities, public engagement is broken, and we are on a mission to change that. We aim for residents to be inspired, educated, and empowered to shape the future of their communities. We strive for city staff to be supported and equipped with the information, recognition, and buy-in they need to succeed. We advocate for developers and business owners to be properly informed, listened to, and inspired to continue investing in our communities. Achieving all of this requires fostering a culture of meaningful civic engagement.


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Digital Engagement Best Practices Checklist

Public engagement is vital to the success of your project and — to be blunt — just holding a public meeting or two doesn’t cut it. In these times of required social distancing, many are only now starting to look at solutions for digital engagement. However, at CivicBrand digital engagement has been at the forefront of our approach for years.

There are many things to consider before you dive into digital engagement. The last thing you want to do is play IT for hundreds of frustrated stakeholders. Use our Digital Public Engagement Checklist to make sure you are checking all the boxes.


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