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Happiness Alliance and the Gross National Happiness Index

The Happiness Alliance, home of The Happiness Initiative and Gross National Happiness (GNH) Index, is a deeply grassroots organization.  Their mission is to improve the well-being of society by reducing emphasis on economic growth and focusing on the domains that lead to life satisfaction, resilience and sustainability. Their purpose is to provide tools resources and knowledge to foster grassroots activism for a new economic paradigm. The Happiness Alliance is a volunteer driven organization. (continue)

The Civic Health Diagnostic Workbook for Cities, Counties and Other Communities

The Civic Health Diagnostic Workbook for Cities, Counties and Other Communities, published in March 2013 by Sarah Read (JD) and Dave Overfelt (Ph.D Sociology), both of The Communications Center, Inc., is designed to help communities evaluate conflict and the assets for responding in an integrated way. Written to be be used to monitor and evaluate the effects of various interventions, it’s goal is to help local governments better understand the underlying causes of conflict in the community and their interactions so they can better evaluate where, when […] (continue)

Designing Public Participation Processes

The purpose of this article (2013) by authors John M. Bryson, Kathryn S. Quick, Carissa Schively Slotterback, and Barbara C. Crosby is to present a systematic, cross-disciplinary, and accessible synthesis of relevant research and to offer explicit evidence-based design guidelines to help practitioners design better participation processes. From the research literature, the authors glean suggestions for iteratively creating, managing, and evaluating public participation activities. The article takes an evidence-based and design science approach, suggesting that eff ective public participation processes are grounded in analyzing the context […] (continue)

Localizing Development: Does Participation Work?

This Policy Research Report (2013) from the World Bank analyzes community development and decentralization projects, showing that such projects often fail to be sensitive to complex contexts – including social, political, historical and geographical realities – and fall short in terms of monitoring and evaluation systems, which hampers learning. Citing numerous examples, including projects and programs supported by the World Bank, the authors demonstrate in this 300-page book that participatory projects are not a substitute for weak states, but instead require strong central support to […] (continue)

Civic Health and Unemployment II: The Case Builds

This study released on September 12, 2012 by the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) shows that a strong civic foundation is directly linked to strengthening employment at the metropolitan, county, and state levels. Communities with better civic health have weathered the recent recession far better – and experienced considerably smaller increases in unemployment – than other communities that faced similar economic circumstances. The NCoC report, Civic Health and Unemployment II: The Case Builds, was produced in partnership with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, […] (continue)

Democracy in Motion: Evaluating the Practice and Impact of Deliberative Civic Engagement

Several years in the making, with the involvement of many of us in the D&D community, this 2012 book edited by Tina Nabatchi, John Gastil, G. Michael Weiksner, and Matt Leighninger can be purchased here on Amazon.com for under $30. The 336-page book is published by Oxford University Press. Although the field of deliberative civic engagement is growing rapidly around the world, our knowledge and understanding of its practice and impacts remain highly fragmented. Democracy in Motion represents the first comprehensive attempt to assess the practice and impact of […] (continue)

Deliberation by the Numbers: A DDC Fact Sheet

Who says you can’t quantify public deliberation? It is true that quantitative measurement hasn’t been a strong suit of the field. It is also true that some of the most significant impacts, such as policy changes, are inherently difficult to quantify. But at this point, enough scholarly research and evaluative work has been done that is possible to pull together a concise statistical glimpse of the kinds of things these projects accomplish. Matt Leighninger, executive director of the Deliberative Democracy Consortium (an NCDD organizational member) has done […] (continue)

A SeeClickFix for Public Participation?

The Deliberative Democracy Consortium recently released “A SeeClickFix for Public Participation?” Tools like SeeClickFix tap into the capacity of citizens to be ‘intelligent sensors’ of their environment, allowing them to report problems like potholes and graffiti. Can this same thinking, and some of the same technology, allow citizens to gather, track, and analyze data on public participation? In this project, a team of MPA students from the Maxwell School at Syracuse conducted exploratory research on this question, interviewing a variety of participation and evaluation experts, […] (continue)

Group Works Deck: A Pattern Language Tool

This deck of 91 full-color cards distills the core wisdom of the field: what skilled facilitators do over and over again to make things work. The content is more specific than values, and less specific than tips and techniques, cutting across existing methodologies with a designer’s eye to capture patterns that repeat. The deck can be used to plan sessions, reflect on and debrief from them, provide guidance mid-stride, and share responsibility for making the process go well. In addition to the card set (which […] (continue)

Does Deliberation Work? A Summary of the Usefulness of Deliberation in Professional and Civic Organizations (NIF Report)

This report by Jeffrey D. Greene provides an overview of the findings revealed in two workshops conducted by the Kettering Foundation that involved professional and civic organizations (more details on the NIF website).  In short, the central question that this report addresses is: What do we know about the use of deliberation in these organizations with respect to the way they interact with the public? From the report’s conclusion… One problem that is evident from the discussion is that the working concept of “civic engagement” or “engaging […] (continue)

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