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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)

A Manager’s Guide to Evaluating Citizen Participation

The Obama Administration’s Open Government initiative is now three years old.  But is it making a difference?  Tina Nabatchi’s new report (2012), published by the IBM Center for The Business of Government, provides a practical assessment guide for government program managers so they can assess whether their efforts are making a difference.  The report lays out evaluation steps for both the implementation and management of citizen participation initiatives as well as how to assess the impact of a particular citizen participation initiative.  An appendix provides helpful […] (continue)

The Public and Policy: What Does the Public Have to Contribute? How Can it Make that Contribution? (NIF Report)

The Public and Policy:  What Does the Public Have to Contribute ? How Can it Make that Contribution? is a follow-up report and a personal examination of the issues presented at  A Public Voice 2006 written by Philip D. Stewart. Find more details on the NIF website. From the report… Yet, although several thousand citizens participate in several hundred public forums across the United States each year, discussing critical national issues, citizens, by and large, still feel shut out of politics, and elected officials still find it nearly impossible to address pressing […] (continue)

Measuring the Impact of Civic Engagement: Tracking Outcomes in Health, Education, and Economic Security

This 2011 report from the Alliance for Children and Families provides a set of inter-related tools that help organizations measure the impact of their work. The tools can be implemented independently or through participation in the formal project. The report also includes a detailed description of the process used to develop the measurement system. Also see the webinar slides, which provide a brief overview of the project and how to implement the measurement system tools. This project commenced with a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to […] (continue)

You Get What You Measure

A facilitated group process developed by Yellow Wood Associates in St. Albans, Vermont that integrates systems thinking into strategic planning, identifies key leverage indicators and aligns actions to achieve goals. You Get What You Measure® is an inclusive, values-based process. (continue)

Making the Case for Public Engagement

In this economic climate, the value of public engagement needs to be articulated in economic terms. Involve’s toolkit demonstrates that you don’t need specialist skills or knowledge to make the business case for engagement. Download the July 2011 toolkit from Involve and Consumer Focus, Making the Case for Public Engagement: How to demonstrate the value of consumer input. Toolkit authors are Edward Andersson, Emily Fennell and Thea Shahrokh. There is a substantial amount of anecdotal evidence in support of public engagement and some case study […] (continue)

Assessing Public Engagement Effectiveness: Rapid Review Worksheets

While there is a growing body of literature and experience about how to engage the public, there are few practical tools to gauge the success of these approaches. Recognizing that local officials and staff have limited time and resources, the Institute for Local Government has created online Rapid Review Worksheets to help local governments assess how well their public engagement processes worked. Learn more and download the worksheets at www.ca-ilg.org/rapidreview. (continue)

Civic Health Index

An annual report that elevates the discussion of our nation’s civic health by measuring a wide variety of civic indicators, America’s Civic Health Index is in an effort to educate Americans about our civic life and to motivate citizens, leaders and policymakers to strengthen it. Among other things, the Civic Health Index measures such factors as engagement in public policy, charitable giving, volunteering, and online participation. Learn more at www.ncoc.net/CHI. In 2006, the National Conference on Citizenship, in partnership with the Civic Health Index Indicators […] (continue)

World Wide Views on Global Warming

Led by the Danish Board of Technology, World Wide Views on Global Warming (2009) is considered the first in-depth global citizen consultancy on climate change. WWViews established a model for the future inclusion of the world’s citizens in global policymaking. The novel and practical project design made it potentially possible for all nations on the planet to take part and to produce comparable results that can be clearly communicated to policymakers. World Wide Views on Global Warming involved roughly 4,000 citizens in 38 countries spanning […] (continue)

Assessing the quality of democratic deliberation

Assessing the quality of democratic deliberation: A case study of public deliberation on the ethics of surrogate consent for research was published in 2010 in Social Science & Medicine, Volume 70, Issue 12, Pages 1896-1903. Authors include Raymond De Vries, Aimee Stanczyk, Ian F. Wall, Rebecca Uhlmann, Laura J. Damschroder, Scott Y. Kim. Abstract “Deliberative democracy” is an increasingly popular method for soliciting public input on health care policies. There are a number of ways of organizing deliberative democracy (DD) sessions, but they generally involve gathering a […] (continue)