Conducting Meaningful Public Engagement

Focus Area

Historic Preservation/Cultural Resources


Environmental Process






1-2 years

Research Idea Scope

The idea of meaningful public engagement has evolved of the years and environmental professionals are continual challenged to do more thorough engagement during all phases of the project delivery process. It is essential for public agencies to listen to their stakeholders and constituents to build projects that reflect the needs of those that use the infrastructure. While large strides have been taken in developing best practices for public engagement, agencies would benefit from a nationwide survey of successful practices and opportunities for consulting with the public to enhance environmental justice, cultural resource management, and asset management.

Agencies must prioritize funds to enhance the infrastructure that best serves the public. Over the past two years of the pandemic, new and innovative ways have been developed to engage with stakeholders. Agencies have learn some difficult lessons and it is essential that the successes and opportunities of these changes be assessed, allowing public agencies to better their engagement immediately.

Idea developed by TRB AME60

Urgency and Payoff

Through large funding bills many agencies will see an increase in projects and in order to prioritize them public engagement must occur. It is essential that agencies are provided a comprehensive review of public engagement strategies, tools and methods to maximize their ability to consult with stakeholders. Through a study of common and best practices agencies will be able to streamline and enhance their own engagement methods to better serve the public and enhance compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act, Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and other applicable federal and state laws.

Suggested By

Helen Blackmore

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