Public participation in young Polish democracy is currently one of the crucial issues especially in context of development of new forms of cooperation between citizens and public institutions. Effectiveness of communication between citizens and public institutions influences quality of decisions in all aspects of public goods management i.e.quality of environment and health institutions, urban development, security. Not only legal system and organisational culture but also competencies of both officials and citizens play key role in public decision-making.Thus extensive diagnosis of public consultation mechanisms is fundamental for understanding this aspect of civil society in Poland.In the years 2010-2011 foundation the Unit for Research and Social Innovation ‘Shipyard’ in cooperation with research agency SMG/KRC carried out a research project ‘The Effectiveness of mechanisms for public consultation in Poland’ supported by Ministry of Labour and Social Policy.The research objectives were as follows:-Elaboration of model of public consultation’s effectiveness-Detailed analysis of effectiveness of public consultation of several types of official acts at all levels of public administration i.e. Strategy of development, Master plan, Environmental Strategy, NGO’s Cooperation Programme, Social Policy Strategy, Education Strategy, Employment Strategy, Budget.-Analysis of institutional and organisational context of public consultation in Poland-Formulation of multifaceted set of recommendations for research, promotion and improvement of public consultationMethod and sample: The whole project consisted of number of research modules which gave comprehensive diagnosis of public consultation in Poland:-Six desk researches-Inventory research on full sample of all units of public administration in Poland (n=1819)-Inventory and qualitative research in all Polish ministries (17)-Qualitative research on sample of representatives of public administration units and representatives of NGO’s (n=157)-Case studies of public consultation at all levels of public administration (35)-Research on 13 consultative bodies-Quantitative survey (CAPI) on officers and NGO’s (n=1434)-‘Good practices’ of public consultation (7 Polish, 8 foreign)-Omnibus survey on representative sample of Poles (CAPI, n=1005)-IdeaBlog qualitative research on experts both officials and representatives of NGO’s (n=60)Results: As one of the main outcomes a three-dimensional model of public consultation has been constructed (Process, Practices and Perception)which can be applied for other researches, evaluations and practical purposes (conducting of public consultation). The research provided with massive database (qualitative and quantitative) at all levels (from governmental to local) which can be used in various ways. Selected results will be presented during the conference, especially those related to human-environment studies.