Inclusive, iterative, and continuous public involvement is integral to the success of any public project. Maintaining a two-way dialogue and engaging diverse interests from the planning through construction of a project is the foundation for public understanding and sound decision-making by all stakeholders.
At Atkins in North America, our approach to creating successful public involvement plans uses both traditional and nontraditional public involvement tools and techniques, because we understand that one size doesn’t fit all. We seek to identify the various populations within a project area, with the understanding that a community’s history, values, and fabric provide the essentials for developing the right tools and techniques that build trust, and allow and encourage communication.
In creating successful public involvement programs that combine traditional and nontraditional outreach techniques, Atkins has employed such techniques as one-on-one interviews, interpreters and translated materials, radio and television call-in shows and media releases, large print and Braille handouts, toll free and TTY telephone numbers, non-written visual displays, videos with multiple language tracks, focus groups, charettes, after church and other community events, and citizen advisory and stakeholder groups. Our professionals strive to design creative and innovative public involvement programs that recognize the constraints and incorporates the abilities of differing populations to participate. In doing so, equity is assured, federal requirements are met, schedules are streamlined, and the public often becomes a project’s biggest supporter.
Our services in this area include:
- Consensus building
- Media outreach
- Opinion surveys
- Public events
- Web-based virtual public meetings/hearings
- Environmental justice
Title VI Compliance
Atkins ensures non-discrimination in all programs and activities in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which declares it to be the policy of the United States that discrimination on the grounds of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, or low-income shall not occur in connection with programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance.
If special assistance for persons with disabilities or limited English proficiency is needed, contact our Human Resources department at 800.597.7275 (TTY/TDD users, call 711). For more information, refer to the following links: