In important public matters, a two-way flow of information between citizens and public officials provides valuable information to decision-makers, allows for testing of alternatives before final decisions are made and facilitates public acceptance of policies and programs. The absence of such a process may produce tension between the officials and the public, causing polarization and conflict.
COC has award-winning success in structuring the input of citizens so that it becomes an essential part of the decision-making process. We bring people together to reach common ground on issues that affect them. Tailoring specific approaches to fit each project, we use creative tools and techniques that encourage consensus and give life and energy to public processes. We take care that information is presented in non-technical language with well-illustrated and clear graphics, utilizing a format that makes it possible to test reactions from a wide variety of audiences. Our goal is to build a constituency that is sympathetic and supportive of the ultimate political decisions.