Empowering communities to influence local decision making: evidence-based lessons for policy makers and practitioners


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This report draws on a systematic review of published evidence to provide lessons on empowerment for policy makers and practitioners. It aims to enable the development of workable activities for empowerment underpinned by a sound evidence base. It focuses on six key mechanisms that facilitate empowerment: asset transfer; citizen governance; electronic participation; participatory budgeting; petitions; redress.

The report includes details of a number of case studies such as 'Regeneration through asset transfer' in Amble, 'Online empowerment in Wolverhampton' and 'Engaging young people in Newcastle'. Contents include: understanding empowerment; understanding your community; understanding available tools; understanding the challenges; understanding your offer.

Department for Communities and Local Government