Public Information & Engagement

Sustainability rests on a foundation of democratic decision making and building strong governance capacity that is commensurate to the scale of our sustainability challenges.  Sustainable Jersey’s Public Information & Engagement (PIE) initiative aims to provide our government leaders with a new tool box that will help them modernize and change the way that they provide key services, manage data and information, and engage with citizens on public decisions. 

PIE attempts to assist towns in enhancing the following areas:

  • Providing ways for decision makers to more robustly engage with citizens around quality of life decisions

  • Increasing public access to municipal information by providing essential details on proposals being considered by the governing body and planning/zoning boards, and sharing high demand public information in easy to find locations and usable formats

  • Creating efficiencies by allowing typical public service functions to be carried through online

  • Planning emergency communications between municipalities and the public, including strategies to reach vulnerable and special needs populations

Learn more about our PIE Task Force HERE.

Find out what free tools & services are available to your town to assist in these PIE actions HERE.

Public Engagement Tech Assistance for Towns!

We are providing registered and certified towns with two opportunities to receive assistance with your transition towards implementing digital and online tools that can help you implement our PIE actions, while providing services & engaging your public more effectively.

1) We are piloting PIE Technology Assessments is two pilot towns where a consultant will work with your staff to determine digital technologies based on your public info & engagement goals.  Applications are due February 5, 2017. For more information, click HERE.

We are currently requesting qualifications for government & civic technology experts to join the team and assist our consultant in roadmapping the pilot towns' transition. Download the RFQ HERE.

2) Coding for Community is a two month competition that will pair towns with tech experts to help create solutions to your community's sustainability and public engagement needs using data and technology.  Win up to $2,000 for your town, sponsored by AT&T. Visit cfc.sustainablejersey.com for more information, or download the flier HERE.

Informational Webinar

An informational webinar will be held, Thursday, January 4, 2017, 1:00pm - 2:00pm,  to discuss the PIE Technology Assessment and Coding for Communities Competition initiatives and how they can help your town incorporate digital technologies to meet your sustainability goals.

REGISTER

 

Actions

Do you send residents updates & news through an array of traditional and digital communication tools?  Does your website allow the public to request municipal services, pay bills or report problems online?  Can special needs residents sign up with Register Ready to receive important notifications during emergencies?  These are some of the ways that your town can receive points with our Public Information & Engagement actions. These can be found on our Actions page.

View an overview presentation on our most recent actions.

Education

We are committed to providing training and resources to assist towns in implementing our new actions.  We began this effort in the Fall of 2015 with our inaugural Government Connext Forum which brought together over 100 municipal, county, nonprofit, business and community leaders to learn about the newest in digital government, open data and emergency communications planning.  Stay informed on upcoming related webinars & trainings through our events calendar.

More Details

Read these Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation blog posts to get a more rounded view of this initiative:

For more information, contact Lauren Skowronski at 609-771-3129 or skowronl@tcnj.edu