Presentation Title

Citizens Academies: Motivations and Meaning for Public Administrators

Presenter Information

Megan McGuffeyFollow

Advisor Information

Dr. Carol Ebdon

Location

Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Library

Presentation Type

Poster

Start Date

2-3-2018 12:30 PM

End Date

2-3-2018 1:45 PM

Abstract

Citizen participation is a growing trend in public administration today. Citizens are increasingly expected to engage with government beyond voting at the polls through active participation in a variety of activities, including citizens surveys, attending public hearings, and participating in various boards and task forces. Despite the increasing number of opportunities for citizen participation, there are still questions about the best way to engage citizens and what tools they should have to participate successfully. Citizens academies are one avenue for increasing citizen engagement in government and providing them with the skills to do so successful. This exploratory case study explores the citizens academy of Omaha, Nebraska. Data program materials, interviews with organizers, and post-survey data from citizen participants. Results discuss the varying motivations and meanings organizers and participants have for these programs and how that relates to their assessment of program success.

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Mar 2nd, 12:30 PM Mar 2nd, 1:45 PM

Citizens Academies: Motivations and Meaning for Public Administrators

Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Library

Citizen participation is a growing trend in public administration today. Citizens are increasingly expected to engage with government beyond voting at the polls through active participation in a variety of activities, including citizens surveys, attending public hearings, and participating in various boards and task forces. Despite the increasing number of opportunities for citizen participation, there are still questions about the best way to engage citizens and what tools they should have to participate successfully. Citizens academies are one avenue for increasing citizen engagement in government and providing them with the skills to do so successful. This exploratory case study explores the citizens academy of Omaha, Nebraska. Data program materials, interviews with organizers, and post-survey data from citizen participants. Results discuss the varying motivations and meanings organizers and participants have for these programs and how that relates to their assessment of program success.