Looking Under the Hood of Citizen Engagement: The Citizens’ Panel on Energy and Climate Change

Alberta Climate Dialogue Working Paper by Mary Pat MacKinnon, Jacquie Dale and Deborah Schrader - May 2014

Our purpose in writing this article is to share our learning and re ections, drawing on our experience with the Citizens’ Panel on Edmonton’s Energy and Climate Challenges about how to organize, design, deliver and learn from citizen deliberations on complex and contested issues. Opening with a project overview, the article summarizes outcomes, details the critical steps to launch, highlights methodological and execution challenges and breakthroughs, offers lessons learned and con rmed, and poses some lingering questions.