Do invitation phone calls and/or additional postcards with standard mailings improve attendance at civic meetings?
Stakeholder participation in civic meetings is important for making good policy decisions. To figure out how to increase participation a field experiment was done in Ames, Iowa. The civic meeting was about municipal codes dealing with business aesthetics. 277 residents and business received notices about the meeting. They were randomly assigned to receive standard city notices for the meeting, or to receive an invitation phone call, a postcard, or both.
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