How do you find out what’s happening with your favorite (or any) government agency? Do you feel agencies are making a good faith effort to get information out to the public? Is there a different method of deseminating information you wished government agencies would use? Are you tired of me asking questions?
I ask because SRTC has recently updated our Public Involvement Policy (PIP) with some new strategies for outreach to the public, and we’re looking for input on it.
The PIP guides how we inform people of our activities and solicit input, and the “tools” and resources used in this process. The primary goals of the PIP include:
• Articulating how the agency approaches public engagement.
• Ensuring early and continuous public involvement in major activities and decisions by SRTC.
• Receiving meaningful public input to guide the decision-making process.
Specifically, the PIP addresses how the public is notified of SRTC meetings, projects and activities; when and where public meetings are held; how public comments are handled; how access is provided to people with disabilities and those who speak limited English; and what materials, such as maps, brochures, videos, newsletters, etc., are used to promote and explain SRTC’s activities.
The Public Involvement Policy was last updated in 2008. Please review this latest update and suggest outreach methods or tools that may not have been recognized in the plan. Go ahead, it won’t hurt my feelings. And I have to show the federal government that we worked with the public to fine-tune this document, so the more comments, the merrier (and the more the feds like me).
The PIP can be viewed on the home page of the SRTC website at www.srtc.org. There are also instructions there on how to submit comments and the deadline to do so.