What is civic engagement?

Civic engagement is when an individual or group of people seek to address issues of public policy or concern. By participating in civic issues, an individual or a group seeks to protect public values or make a change in their community. Civic engagement includes communities working together in political and non-political ways. The goal of civic engagement is to address public concerns or promote the enhancement of a community.

Why is it important?

Civic engagement is at the core of a democracy and a representative government. Underrepresented groups in government issues can mean that certain priorities or groups of individuals can be ignored. At the same time, issues that have higher representation are addressed more frequently – providing incentive for the public to participate in issues they care about. This notion assumes that everyone is equally aware and educated on the issues at hand. While today’s citizens have more access to information via digital means, fewer individuals are engaging in civic issues due to lack of digital adoption in government and providing easy, user-friendly access to public policy information. Automating engagement, and bringing information directly to citizens, can and will increase civic engagement.

How does Granicus help?

EngagementHQ is an all-in-one digital engagement platform dedicated to managing and measuring everything from consultation to collaboration for the public sector. Coordinate your engagement program with a plethora of tools designed to engage communities. Civic engagement examples include forums, surveys, Q&A’s and polls. This solution removes all barriers of civic engagement, and ultimately increase participation. As a result, gain actionable insights that reduce the risk of dissatisfaction within communities. Moreover, integrations with other products like Granicus’ govDelivery creates a hassle-free user experience for both administrators and end users.