Defining what public participation is (and is not) -- The rationale for public participation -- Decision analysis -- Process planning -- Implementation planning -- Techniques for getting information to the public -- Techniques for getting information from the public -- Designing public meetings -- Developing interactive meetings -- Facilitating public meetings -- Determining meeting logistics -- Working with advisory groups -- Conducting interviews -- Working with the media -- Analyzing public comment -- Evaluating public participation -- Using public participation consultants -- Public participation cases. "Internationally renowned facilitator and consultant James L. Creighton offers a practical guide to designing and facilitating public participation in environmental and public policy decision making. Written for government officials, public and community leaders, and professional facilitators, The Public Participation Handbook is a toolkit for designing a participation process, selecting techniques to encourage participation, facilitating successful public meetings, working with the media, and evaluating the program. The book is also filled with practical advice, checklists, worksheets, and illustrative examples."--Jacket.