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Meaningful Civic Engagement

Meaningful Civic Engagement

Governor Mark Dayton established the Diversity and Inclusion Council (Council) in 2015 when he signed Executive Order 15-02:

“A government that serves all the people of Minnesota should reflect all of Minnesota,” Gov. Dayton said of the Council. “We must ensure that all of our citizens have equal opportunities to work for their state government, to do business with the state and to participate fully in our democracy.”

Under Gov. Dayton's Diversity and Inclusion Council's Civic Engagement Plan, two publications were created to capture and highlight the state’s important civic engagement work. The capstone report provides a high-level perspective of the work that was completed in order to move the State of Minnesota towards meaningful engagement. In particular, we highlighted some of the engagement related efforts of state agencies, including the efforts of the Department of Corrections to convene an advisory group; the Olmstead Initiative’s effort to engage and connect with people with disabilities; and the Department of Education as they engage families, students and communities as stakeholders. The Capstone Report also highlights some of the collaborative efforts and accomplishments of the Minnesota Department of Human Rights. Those efforts include our partnership with the Governor’s Office and the Olmstead Implementation Office to diversify boards and commissions, and the creation of an engagement-focused community of practice with the Practitioners Group.

This Meaningful Civic Engagement Makes a Difference website provides tools and resources for government officials at the local, county and state levels. It will help them plan, coordinate and evaluate the effectiveness of their civic engagement efforts.

Meaningful Civic Engagement Brochure

Meaningful Engagement Makes a Difference brochureThis brochure is designed to show how our collective efforts over the past few years have fundamentally changed the culture of the State of Minnesota. It demonstrates how these approaches and values affected civic engagement.

During the past two years, progress has been made on each pillar of the Civic Engagement Plan. The Steering Committee continues to meet to ensure accountability. The Minnesota Department of Human Rights (MDHR) hired two staff people and formed an Implementation Committee of leaders. These efforts are intended to drive change within state agencies and a Practitioners Group that is designed to bring front line staff together. Most importantly, Minnesota’s agencies worked hard to improve their own civic engagement efforts. This report highlights some of the more notable plan accomplishments; it is not meant to identify every effort that was undertaken.

Download a Meaningful Civic Engagement Brochure (PDF, 1.16 MB)

Meaningful Civic Engagement User Guide

Cover image for A Guide to Evaluate Civic Engagement - December 2018This guide provides government officials a general process that they can follow when embarking on the evaluation of their own civic engagement work. It is designed to ensure that these engagement efforts are meaningful and meet goals. While evaluation does not need to be overly complicated, this guide offers approaches, worksheets. It structures best practices and pilot projects that serve as examples for government officials as they begin their journey of meaningful civic engagement.

MDHR offers a wide range of speakers who are available to come to your organization or community to discuss Civic Engagement best practices and measurement tools. To schedule a speaker, please visit Speaker Request Page

Download A Guide to Evaluate Civic Engagement (PDF 873 KB)

Meaningful Engagement Makes a Difference video

Civic Engagement Blog

For latest update about Civic Engagement, please click here to visit the Civic Engagement Blog. Other updates can be found:

Civic Engagement Calendar

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