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Good Government 

Good Government is one that provides transparency and inclusion. 

In effect a simple method to improve the governmental processes and create healthy, thriving communities.

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Components of the Good Government Process 
A Model vs. A Controlled Outcome Model

The Good Goverment Process is:

  • Inclusive – brings more voices to the discussion

  • Analytic – fact and evidence based

  • Financially sound – uses public funds responsibly 

The Good Government Process follows these steps:

  • Involves community stakeholders – who participates?

  • Defines the problem together –  what, precisely, is the problem we are trying to solve?

  • Identifies potential solutions – how might we solve the problem?

  • Defines costs and benefits to potential solutions – how much will our potential solutions cost in time, money, etc? 

  • Selects optimum solution collaboratively – debate and discussion is encouraged.

  • Determines effectiveness – how will we define and measure results?

  • Iterates to improve outcomes – measures outcomes and adjusts approach as needed.

Wait, isn’t this the way our
government already works?

Not Necessary!

Good policy should not be placed ahead of politics. Analysis and inclusive public participation is the goal.


  • Define the problem

  • Don't start with a preconceived “fix” in mind

  • Don't commit to a specific outcome

  • Work towards the best possible community solution

  • Think creatively to solve the communities problems

  • Collaborate and communicate effectively 


How Would You like Decisions Made
That Affect Edmonds?

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