Step 5 - Determine the public participation methods best suited to the needs of participants.

Productive participation depends on the decision-maker's ability to create an environment that allows for meaningful dialogue. Such environments are created by designing participation processes that meet the needs of those involved. Matters to consider include:

  • What are the social and cultural considerations for those participating?
  • Are there issues of timing for those participating?
  • What opportunities or limitations exist for the use of technology?