Data

General Issues
Planning & Development
Specific Topics
Government Spending
Location
Eurobodalla
New South Wales
Australia
Scope of Influence
City/Town
Files
Eurobodalla Citizens' Jury Final Report
Links
Summary by newDemocracy Foundation
Summary by Eurobodalla Shire Council
Start Date
End Date
Ongoing
No
Time Limited or Repeated?
A single, defined period of time
Purpose/Goal
Make, influence, or challenge decisions of government and public bodies
Approach
Consultation
Spectrum of Public Participation
Consult
Total Number of Participants
24
Open to All or Limited to Some?
Limited to Only Some Groups or Individuals
Recruitment Method for Limited Subset of Population
random
General Types of Methods
Deliberative and dialogic process
General Types of Tools/Techniques
Recruit or select participants
Specific Methods, Tools & Techniques
Citizens' Jury
Legality
Yes
Facilitators
Yes
Face-to-Face, Online, or Both
Face-to-Face
Primary Organizer/Manager
newDemocracy Foundation
Type of Organizer/Manager
Local Government
Non-Governmental Organization
Funder
Eurobodalla Shire Council
Type of Funder
Local Government
Staff
No
Volunteers
No

CASE

Eurobodalla Citizens' Jury

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General Issues
Planning & Development
Specific Topics
Government Spending
Location
Eurobodalla
New South Wales
Australia
Scope of Influence
City/Town
Files
Eurobodalla Citizens' Jury Final Report
Links
Summary by newDemocracy Foundation
Summary by Eurobodalla Shire Council
Start Date
End Date
Ongoing
No
Time Limited or Repeated?
A single, defined period of time
Purpose/Goal
Make, influence, or challenge decisions of government and public bodies
Approach
Consultation
Spectrum of Public Participation
Consult
Total Number of Participants
24
Open to All or Limited to Some?
Limited to Only Some Groups or Individuals
Recruitment Method for Limited Subset of Population
random
General Types of Methods
Deliberative and dialogic process
General Types of Tools/Techniques
Recruit or select participants
Specific Methods, Tools & Techniques
Citizens' Jury
Legality
Yes
Facilitators
Yes
Face-to-Face, Online, or Both
Face-to-Face
Primary Organizer/Manager
newDemocracy Foundation
Type of Organizer/Manager
Local Government
Non-Governmental Organization
Funder
Eurobodalla Shire Council
Type of Funder
Local Government
Staff
No
Volunteers
No

Faced with reductions in funding alongside an increased demand for services, Eurobodalla Shire Council convened a Citizens' Jury to help address this challenge. This process was mirrored by another local council in Greater Bendigo.


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Problems and Purpose

The Eurobodalla Citizens' Jury was intended to inform the local council's review of spending and services which is a requirement of Fit for the Future, a state-wide reform program for local councils in NSW. The aim of the Jury was to find out what the community thinks of the council's spending. The question posed to the jury was:

“Is Council spending your money on the right things? If not, what should we change?”

Background History and Context

newDemocracy Foundation, who undertook the design and implementation of the Eurobodalla Jury, also ran a Citizens' Jury on a similar topic in Bendigo, Victoria. Both councils were at a critical point - with elections coming up and the need to deliver plans on service provisions in the near future.

"As a research based organisation, we are keen to understand how two regional localities respond to similar subject matter and designs.

This is an unprecedented opportunity to observe, record and assess the two as both not only cover content related to local government services and expenditure, but will be operating within similar timeframes and under similar external social/media/political environmental factors at state and national levels.

This mirroring also offers ESC and Greater Bendigo an important opportunity to share learning and knowledge, continuing the strong tradition within local government of cross-organisational growth and development. nDF will be pleased to facilitate and support this connection and sees this as a valuable way to leave a strong legacy of "doing democracy differently" within both councils" .(newDemocracy Foundation 2016)

Organizing, Supporting, and Funding Entities

The Eurobodalla Citizens' Jury was funded by the Eurobodalla shire council. It was designed and implemented by newDemocracy Foundation, an independent nonprofit research organisation.

Participant Recruitment and Selection

Participants were selected from two rounds of random sampling. 5,000 invitations were sent by post to addresses in the area. Information was taken from land titles information to ensure that people who are not on the electoral register are included in the sample (some processes take information from the electoral roll). From those who responded positively to the initial invitation, a second random sample was drawn to select final jury members.

newDemocracy Foundation decided to send out 5,000 invitations to Eurobodalla residents rather than the 3,000 they usually send to recruit jurors because the area has a high number of non-residential rate payers - people who own homes and pay taxes but don't live full time in the area. Therefore it was necessary to over-sample (Eurobodalla Shire Council 2016).

Methods and Tools Used

This event used the Citizens' Jury method which involves various tools of engagement including surveys, information and question and answer periods, small group deliberation (such as thematic dialogue tables or future workshops) and plenary discussion.

What Went On: Process, Interaction, and Participation

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Influence, Outcomes, and Effects

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Analysis and Lessons Learned

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See Also

References

Eurobodalla Shire Council (2016) Citizens' Jury: is Council spending your money on the right things? [online], available at: http://www.esc.nsw.gov.au/inside-council/community-and-future-planning/c...

newDemocracy Foundation (2016) Eurobodalla Citizens' Jury [online], available at: http://www.newdemocracy.com.au/ndf-work/315-eurobodalla-citizens-jury

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