Active Democracy in the ACT

Genuine Engagement Tool

Ever wondered if government engagement with community really is a genuine participatory process?

The Genuine Engagement Tool (GET) is designed to help any community reflect on their experience of how effectively their government is engaging with them to make wise decisions together for the public good.

It is designed to help communities stimulate their critical thinking by answering key simple questions in 11 categories to review any government engagement process and it is particularly suited to implementing effective citizens assemblies.

By using the tool, communities can get clear insights on how they can keep their own power and agency over what can work better and they can communicate more transparently about how governments can engage better.

You can get an open source copy of the Genuine Engagement Tool for community groups here and you can read the story of how it was developed here.

Please download it, use it and feed back to us what you think.


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After the election, we hope to support people who are enthused by participating in the democratic revival we have experienced to find ways to continue to participate.

Watch this space.

Education Strategy - helping caring people contribute to good government for the public good

In 2022 we have come to realise that what we do is educating and supporting people who care about good government for the public good to contribute more actively. CAPaD has developed an Education Strategy to guide our activity.

More about this Strategy can be found here.