The Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership at the School of Public Policy was awarded a $300,000 grant from the James Irvine Foundation in support of its work to promote and evaluate public engagement practices at the local government level.
While the Davenport Institute has been a recipient of support from the Irvine Foundation in the past, the
new grant offers increased flexibility in programming to support the important work of local public engagement. It will continue to provide for the institute’s ongoing training work with public sector officials, allow for the expansion of its public safety offerings, and begin to develop additional community-focused training. It will also provide support to begin evaluating the impact of the training sessions and grant efforts on municipal public processes.
“Local democracy isn’t something that just happens every other year at the ballot box,” notes Ashley Trim (MPP ’09), executive director of the Davenport Institute. “We are very grateful to the James Irvine Foundation for their partnership and support of efforts to engage Californians in the very important local decisions that are made between election cycles.”