Racial Equity Resource Guide


Guides & Workshops



Planning Together: How (and How Not) to Engage Stakeholders in Charting a Course—A Product of The Community Problem-Solving Project



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This guide helps users to understand both how to involve stakeholders in meaningful ways and how to avoid the pitfalls and abuses that can sink an effort. It recognizes that effective action in the public interest calls for a wide array of efforts to engage stakeholders in charting a course together. Where it works, more participatory planning and decision-making can produce better substantive ideas, useful problem-solving relationships and the trust needed to take action together. In the future, this will yield stronger community institutions, new possibilities for forging agreement across old divides as well as other tangible and intangible benefits. This tool helps to answer four questions that define effective participation strategies:

  • Why should we engage stakeholders in planning?
  • Who should be involved and in what roles?
  • What is the proper scope of our planning process?
  • How should we put our participation strategies to work? Other tools for problem-solving may be found here.


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