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Public engagement hub

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This hub supports peer learning and knowledge exchange about public engagement with parliament. Building on the findings and recommendations of the IPU-UNDP Global Parliamentary Report 2022 and the World e-Parliament Report Series, the hub is intended to encourage and assist parliaments to further develop their public engagement activities and share their good practice with others. 

The Public engagement hub is jointly coordinated by IPU’s Centre for Innovation in Parliament and the International Parliament Engagement Network (IPEN). It brings together parliamentary staff, academics, civil society and others to share experience and good practices through webinars, case studies and an online networking platform. For information on how to join the Public engagement hub, please contact [email protected].

Webinars organized by the hub are open to all interested participants. Follow the links below for more information and highlights from the webinars.

Related links

IPU Public Engagement Linkedin group
International Parliament Engagement Network
Centre for Innovation in Parliament

 

2024

29 January: Public engagement in parliamentary work on climate change

11 March: The use of social media by parliaments: case studies from Brazil

21 May: Connecting the superpowers of ‘digital natives’ with parliament

17 July: Embedding public engagement into parliamentary practice – the case of Kenya

17 September: Citizen-initiated legislation: The Clean Air Act in Thailand

2023

10 January: Parliamentary broadcasting – context, engagement and evolution – an Irish perspective

21 February: Public engagement: New initiatives from New Zealand Parliament's Education Team

28 March: Engaging with future generations

18 April: Processing inputs from citizen engagement for committee work: Case studies from New Zealand and Scotland

16 May: Processing high volumes of inputs from citizen engagement in parliamentary business: Case study from Brazil

27 June: Citizens’ Assemblies as a method to engage citizens with policy making: Case studies from Australia and Germany

11 July: Youth parliaments

6 September: Teacher training by parliaments: case studies from Brazil and the UK

4 October: Public petitions: case studies from Nigeria

8 November: From Georgia to Indonesia: Legal frameworks and meaningful public participation

2022

15 June 2022: The public engagement journey

13 July 2022: Increasing the effectiveness of tools for public input to draft legislation

22 September 2022: Delivering public engagement with small teams

5 October 2022: Promoting inclusion and diversity in parliamentary public engagement

3 November 2022 Public engagement for universal health coverage (organized by IPU)

9 November 2022 Public engagement: Reaching out to remote communities 

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2 hub updates

The new Public Engagement Hub is jointly coordinated by the IPU’s CIP and the International Parliament Engagement Network (IPEN). The public engagement community is now growing on the IPU Public Engagement LinkedIn page. Parliaments interested in advancing their public engagement practices are encouraged to participate actively in this community, to take part in webinars and peer exchanges, and to share good-practice examples.

Public engagement webinar series:

Since launching six months ago, the Public Engagement Hub has hosted five webinars, bringing together more than 220 participants from 48 countries and 33 parliaments. The first three sessions covered the public engagement journey, the effectiveness of public engagement tools, and delivering public engagement with small teams. The two most recent webinars are detailed below:

This webinar explored how parliaments can promote inclusivity and diversity in their public engagement activity. Andres Lomp (Community Engagement Manager, Parliament of Victoria (Australia)) presented the Inclusion Checklist from the 2022 Global Parliamentary Report, and drew from examples of how his parliament has promoted diversity and inclusivity in its engagement work. He focused on four main elements necessary for inclusive participation:

  1. A commitment to inclusion
  2. Building relationships with disadvantaged and underrepresented groups
  3. A cultural shift that sees the people working across parliament taking deliberate actions to include disadvantaged and underrepresented groups
  4. Adequate budget to support specific inclusion programmes

The recording of the webinar can be found here.

This webinar focused on creative ways for parliaments to connect with remote communities. Participants heard examples from the following parliaments:

  • The National Assembly of Serbia, about field hearings with local communities
  • The Parliament of South Africa, about the use of constituency offices as satellite parliamentary offices
  • The Parliament of South Australia (Australia), about how they manage to cover considerable distances to engage with remote communities

The presentation by Natalie Young (Community Education Officer, Parliament of South Australia (Australia) can be found here.

This webinar addressed how small parliaments and those with limited resources  can implement effective public engagement. In these parliaments, public engagement is often delivered by very small teams with limited budgets. The seminar explored how the Parliament of the Isle of Man has developed capacity for innovative public engagement programmes despite its very small team. This was supplemented by reflections from an UNDP official on his experience supporting public engagement in the Pacific islands.