After the successful 2011 citizens' reference panel, Halton Region commissioned MASS LBP to develop another 36-resident panel to inform its 2015-2018 Strategic Action Plan on citizen's concerns and priorities.
Problems and Purpose
Background History and Context
Organizing, Supporting, and Funding Entities
Participant Recruitment and Selection
Methods and Tools Used
This case is an example of a Citizens' Reference Panel, which refers to "a non-compulsory public jury used in Canada to provide policy advice to public and elected officials. They are generally convened by the government or a public agency and typically meet several times over a period of weeks or months to learn about, discuss, and reach agreement (or alignment) on a contentious public issue."
What Went On: Process, Interaction, and Participation
During this reference panel, participants "agreed upon a set of guiding values and shared priorities, which they used as a guide while they reviewed, refined, and commented on the 150 proposed actions of the Draft Strategic Plan. The program also featured a well-attended public roundtable and culminated with a half-day working session with elected members of Council." 
Influence, Outcomes, and Effects
Analysis and Lessons Learned
 Work, MASS LBP, https://www.masslbp.com/work-panels
 Reference Panels. MASS LBP. Accessed April 28, 2019, https://www.masslbp.com/refpanels