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Assessing Deliberation: Setting the Agenda, Implementing Policy, and Outcomes

This 33-page research report presented at NCDD’s 2006 conference examines AmericaSpeaks’ 21st Century Town Meeting – one important model for facilitating citizen participation through large scale (100-5,000) dialogue in which citizens come together, listen to each other in a public arena, and make decisions as a collective community. Many researchers ask why there is a gap between scholarship and practice in the field of deliberation; this study responds to the call for empirical testing by examining the AmericaSpeaks model of a 21st Town Meeting. Specifically, this study examines agenda setting, implementation, and outcomes in the context of three different cities where the Town Hall Meetings occurred.

This paper was distributed at a workshop entitled “Collaborative Governance in Local Government: Choosing Practice Models and Assessing Experience” given by Terry Amsler, Lisa Blomgren Bingham, and Malka Kopell at the 2006 NCDD Conference in San Francisco.

You can also take a look at the 20-slide PowerPoint presentation used to introduce this research project.

The paper and PowerPoint presentation provide an overview of research conducted on multiple AmericaSpeaks’ 21st Century Town Meetings. The goal of the study was to examine the relationship of the deliberation event to the policy process. The researchers concluded that 21st Century Town Meeting agendas are citizen-driven; that citizens and client organizations need more clarity up front about the relationship between the forum and the policy process; and that impacts will depend on follow through, and right now there is limited evidence of government making concrete use of the plans or agendas from the meetings.

Lisa-Marie Napoli, Ph.D., Becky Nesbit and Lisa Blomgren Bingham

Submitted to the 2006 National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation (2006)

Resource Link: www.ncdd.org/exchange/files/docs/Bingham-AssessingDelibPaper.doc

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