Current Projects

How is Consensus changing the landscape in metro Kansas City?

Creating Community Solutions – KC

Creating Community Solutions – KC is part of a national effort to bring mental illness out of the shadows and develop innovative, community-based solutions. KC is one of six lead cities and Consensus serves as project director. CCS was named the 2014 project of the year by the International Association of PublicParticipation and was one of four finalists for an Ash Award from Harvard’s Kennedy School. Learn more about it.

KU Public Management Certificate in Public Engagement

With the right design, public engagement opportunities can bring out the best in people and offer an opportunity to work together on issues they care about. Move beyond the citizens-at-the-microphone model and learn to leverage citizen knowledge, ideas, and energy in new ways to address challenging problems. Expand your toolbox and start looking forward to public engagement.

The Public Engagement Certificate consists of three two-day workshops:

  • Workshop 1: The Context of Decision-Making in the Public Sector
  • Workshop 2: Communicating Effectively in Public Settings
  • Workshop 3: Effective Practices in Citizen Engagement

Public Management Center classes are highly interactive. They combine instructor expertise and content with opportunities to engage with the material and with other participants. We encourage individuals to bring their experiences with the topics into the conversation, allowing the entire group to learn from one another while working with the material. In this way we model the inclusive, supportive, and collaborative approach that we see as crucial to public engagement and to problem-solving in our workplaces and communities.

The Civility Awards

The nomination form and more details are available here: It’s not a complex or time-consuming process to highlight a deserving nominee by Friday, Sept. 1, 2017. And if your nominee wins, we’ll let you share the good news with the award winner, and we’ll include your name in the program.