:: Engagement Assessment ::

:: VirtualCommittees™ Engagement Assessment ::

On a scale of one to four, (1) being low and (4) being high, how would you rate the following citizen engagement factors?


How often has a major project been voted down by the citizens?

Recently   Last Year   Last Decade     Never

1 .                        2 ..                     3 .:                   4 ::


What percentage of citizens open a municipal email each month?

1-25%       26 – 50%           51 – 75%       76 – 100%

1 .                       2 ..                      3 .:                    4 ::


Best meetings are a 4, worst a 1, how do you rate a typical meeting?

1 .                       2 ..                      3 .:                    4 ::


How many times are meetings essentially a rerun of the last meeting?

Weekly     Monthly         Quarter       Almost Never

1 .                       2 ..                       3 .:                    4 ::


How often is a citizen’s new idea implemented?

Seldom     Occasionally    Often       Frequently

1 .                       2 ..                        3 .:                   4 ::


Has participation at meetings been increasing or decreasing?

Down 25%+   Down             Up              Up 25%+

1 .                              2 ..                  3 .:                   4 ::


How many diverse groups participate at meetings?

Few              Half                 2/3rds                Most

1 .                       2 ..                     3 .:                       4 ::


How often do you let citizens choose the topic for discussion?

Seldom    Quarterly           Monthly     Every Week 

1 .                         2 ..                     3 .:                     4 ::


How often do you poll your citizens before committing serious resources to a new project?

Seldom      Yearly             Quarterly    Frequently

1 .                        2 ..                        3 .:                     4 ::


What is the overall tenor of your Social Media feedback?

Trolls        Talking         Listening            Dialogue

1 .                       2 ..                         3 .:                      4 ::


How would you rate your engagement strategy?

D (poor)  C (average)    B (better)         A (best)

1 .                        2 ..                        3 .:                       4 ::


How old is your newest public engagement method?

7 Years       5 Years     3 Years        2 Years or less

1 .                      2 ..                 3 .:                        4 ::


Is your municipal website responsive for use on smartphones?

No    Maybe   I think so    Yes

1 .              2 ..              3 .:           4 ::


What quartile is your voter general election turnout?

1 - 25%     26 – 50%     51 – 75%    76 – 100%

1 .                   2 ..                     3 .:               4 ::


What quartile is your primary election voter turnout?

1 - 25%    26 – 50%     51 – 75%     76  – 100%

1.                    2 ..                  3 .:                 4 ::


How often do you use Question-storming as a deliberation method?

Never   Once   Occasionally  As Needed 

1 .                  2 ..                3 .:                     4 ::


How often do you use Silent Ideation as a deliberation method?

Never   Once   Occasionally  As Needed 

1 .                  2 ..                3 .:                    4 ::


How often do you use a Team (Lateral) Thinking facilitation method?

(Like the Six Thinking Hats to manage conflict)

Never   Once   Occasionally  As Needed 

1 .                  2 ..                 3 .:                    4 ::


How well have you embraced Government 2.0?

Not at all      A little bit   Somewhat   Totally

1 .                          2 ..                         3 .:                4 ::


How would you rate the level of “Red Tape” Complaints?

Lots    Frequent   Somewhat   Frictionless 

1 .                   2 ..                   3 .:                    4 ::


Overall, how do you think citizens rate your communications? 

D (poor)   C (average)    B (better)   A (best)

1 .                         2 ..                     3 .:               4 ::


How many employees are charged with increasing engagement?

None  One   Several  Everyone 

1.              2 ..           3 .:              4 ::


How often are increasing Engagement efforts seriously discussed?

Quarterly     Monthly    Weekly    Daily

1 .                               2 ..              3 .:            4 ::


How do you think most of citizens view your decision making?

Activist  Partisan   Bipartisan  Nonpartisan

1 .                        2 ..                 3 .:                    4 ::


Do you think local governments needs to play a larger role engaging with citizens in State and national public policy?

No    Somewhat  Significantly  Major Effort

1 .                 2 ..                      3 .:                      4 ::


Add up your score. ____________ 

90s :: Woot, woot, you’re an Engagement All-Star !! A Wonk. 

80s :: Doing great, almost there !

70s :: Keep up the good work, what’s next ?

60s :: What could you do this month to raise your score ? 

50s :: You’re on the upward spiral !

40s and Below :: What could you do to get onto the upward spiral? 


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