New Report Says Public Outreach Improves Decision Making

A new report by the National Research Council, the research arm of the National Academy of Sciences, offers more reasons for agencies to seek public participation in their decision making processes. The new report, “Public Participation in Environmental Assessment and Decision Making,” concludes that public participation, when done correctly, improves the quality of federal agencies’ decisions about the environment. Importantly, the report notes that, “Well-managed public involvement also increases the legitimacy of decisions in the eyes of those affected by them, which makes it more likely that the decisions will be implemented effectively.”

The report was sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Energy, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Department of Agriculture. See the press release here.

[Posted by Emily Feldman]

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