Many questions arise when organising randomly selected mini-publics in cities and municipalities. The handbook "Organising municipal citizens' assemblies" provides answers to these questions. It deals, for example, with the initiation of a procedure, expected costs or criteria for suitable questions.

Contents of the handbook

Initiation and clarification of objectives

This phase lays the foundation for the process. It includes the clarification of objectives and tasks, the creation of an organisational framework and the identification of topics. This is where the political decision-makers decide on the citizens' assembly project, after which service providers are commissioned to carry it out.

Concept development and preparation

The focus here is on the selection and support of participants, the creation of an agenda and the organisational preparation of the meetings. The intensive involvement of all stakeholders is crucial here.

Organising the meetings and public relations work

This session deals with the implementation of citizens' assembly procedures, including the development of recommendations and knowledge building. The role of the moderator and public relations work as a cross-cutting issue are also discussed.

Dealing with the results and follow-up

In the transfer phase, it is ensured that the results of the citizens' assembly are utilised in political practice. This includes handing over the recommendations and organising transfer events as well as monitoring and follow-up.

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