Try the Collaboration Assessment Tool

It is more important now, than ever, for agencies, project teams and organizations to engage stakeholders and work well with the public. It can be a real challenge to understand what that means and how to do it. The Project Outreach Planner (POP) is a free tool designed to help project teams identify potential issues and quantify public outreach and collaboration needs for any project that might generate public interest.


Answer the worksheet questions as they pertain to your project. There are no right or wrong answers.


Check your POP score against the Typical Project Descriptions and determine what level of outreach and communication best fits your project from the Collaboration Continuum.


Review our Recommended Tools and Techniques, customized for your project.

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How to use the POP

The POP is a free tool designed to help guide project teams as they determine what level of public outreach their project warrants and what tools and techniques will be most effective. The POP is designed to help any project team with collaboration and public outreach guidance, regardless of the subject matter.

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Typical Project Descriptions

Based on your POP score, check your project against corresponding typical project descriptions to ensure that your project is on track with your POP level.

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Recommended Tools & Techniques

Once you have your POP score and confirmed your typical project description, now you can review a customized list of recommended tools and techniques that, when done right, have proven successful at effectively involving the public.

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Utah Department of Transportation POP

The UDOT Project Outreach Planner (POP) was developed to help project teams determine the level of public involvement needed on various projects...

Idaho Transportation Department POP

The ITD Public Outreach Planner (POP) allows project teams to determine the appropriate budget, staffing needs, tools and techniques...