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Involving local people delivers improved public services and saves money by better targeting local needs.

The U. K. report concludes that community involvement is a crucial factor in improving services especially in deprived areas. Based on a review of evidence from fifteen case studies, it shows the use of different involvement mechanisms - including surveys, questionnaires, discussions, debates and delegating service delivery to users and communities themselves.

Community involvement is a key element in the government's drive to improve public services. The report concludes that the relatively modest costs of community involvement are generally outweighed by the benefits. The benefits identified included:

* reduction in the cost of public services;
* increased user satisfaction and easier access;
* lower crime rates, reduced fear of crime and better local environments;
* better prospects for improved health outcomes;
* improved employment opportunities for local residents;
* more motivated front-line staff and more joined-up local services.

It is one of the beautiful compensations of this life that no one can sincerely try to help another without helping himself. --Charles Dudley Warner