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Case Study of the Kentucky Center for Public Issues

KCPI is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit public policy organization based in Frankfort, Kentucky’s capital. KCPI’s mission is to help citizens explore, understand and confront issues critical to the future of Kentucky. Among other things, KCPI runs Policy Councils, which involve a diverse group of experts and interested citizens from all parts of the state to consider and, if appropriate, propose improvements in public policies. Policy Councils study a specific contentious issue in depth, obtain public input and raise public awareness about the issue, arrive at a consensus about the issue when possible, and sometimes take action on their findings.

Commissioned by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Immunization Program, this five-page case study overviews the deliberative method used by the Kentucky Center for Public Issues, details about who participates in the process, information on outcomes/products, a frank section on challenges and limitations of the process, a section on strengths of the process, and the resources and interviews used to inform the case.

This case study was written for a diverse group of stakeholders who did not have much previous knowledge of public engagement and deliberative methodologies.

Sandy Heierbacher
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2003)

Resource Link: www.ncdd.org/exchange/files/docs/KCPI_case.doc

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