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Beginning with the End in Mind: A Call for Goal-Driven Deliberative Practice

This 2009 essay written by Martín Carcasson for Public Agenda’s Center for Advances in Public Engagement (CAPE) presents a conceptual framework to help practitioners more systematically consider both the short-term and long-term strategies that inform and guide their efforts. The framework outlines six distinct but interrelated goals for deliberative practitioners to target, organized in three groups. The first-order goals are issue learning, improved democratic attitudes, and improved democratic skills. The second-order goals more directly connect to action and include improved community action and improved institutional […] (continue)

Report from NCDD 2008: Evaluation Challenge

At the 2008 National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation, we focused on 5 challenges identified by participants at our past conferences as being vitally important for our field to address. This is one in a series of five posts featuring the final reports from our “challenge leaders.” Evaluation Challenge: Demonstrating that dialogue and deliberation works How can we demonstrate to power-holders (public officials, funders, CEOs, etc.) that D&D really works? Evaluation and measurement is a perennial focus of human performance/change interventions. What evaluation tools and […] (continue)

Appreciative Inquiry Commons

The AI Commons is a worldwide portal devoted to the fullest sharing of academic resources and practical tools on Appreciative Inquiry and the rapidly growing discipline of positive change. This site is a resource for leaders of change, scholars, students, and business managers--and it is hosted by Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management. appreciativeinquiry.case.edu (continue)

Governing in the Information Age

This book provides a critical assessment of the significance of the so-called information age to contemporary government, taking into account various perspectives on the relationship between information technology and social change in the context of British governance. In particular, the volume assesses current debates on the New Public Management, the reinvention of government, the new public consumerism and 'electronic democracy' in light of these perspectives. It also evaluates policy stances towards the 'information superhighway' and the likely effects on future public services. (continue)

Stakeholder Involvement & Public Participation at the U.S. EPA: Lessons Learned, Barriers, & Innovative Approaches

With this report, the Office of Environmental Policy Innovation (OEPI) has taken a fresh look at Agency efforts to involve the public by reviewing formal evaluations and informal summaries from across the Agency that identify, describe, and/or evaluate Agency stakeholder involvement and public participation activities. Based upon their review, OEPI identifies key crosscutting lessons learned, pinpoint unique barriers and ways to overcome them, and highlight innovative approaches to stakeholder involvement and public participation. (continue)

Citizen Participation and Environmental Risk: A Survey of Institutional Mechanisms

Standard approaches to defining and evaluating environmental risk tend to reflect technocratic rather than democratic values. One consequence is that institutional mechanisms for achieving citizen participation in risk decisions rarely are studied or evaluated. (continue)

Outcome Mapping: Building Learning and Reflection into Development Programs

Outcome Mapping is a participatory method for planning, monitoring and evaluation. First introduced by IDRC in 2000, Outcome Mapping (OM) has been used in projects, programs and organizations in Latin America, Africa, Asia and Europe. A growing body of governments, donor agencies, non-for-profit organizations, and businesses around the world has adopted Outcome Mapping because it helps them 'measure' social change. (continue)

Assessing Your Collaboration: A Self-Evaluation Tool

This tool offers a self-assessment exercise which allows groups to rate their collaboration on key factors including goals, communication, sustainability, evaluation, political climate, resources, catalysts, policies/laws/regulations, history, connectedness, leadership, community development, and understanding community. The tool helps groups identify the factors that need to be worked on so groups can develop strategies to address these issues, thus allowing the group to move forward and accomplish their goals. (continue)

Center for Assessment and Policy Development (CAPD)

CAPD is a non-profit organization founded in 1987 to help institutions, communities and public systems craft and execute thoughtful responses to pressing social issues--particularly, improving outcomes for children, adolescents, and families. CAPD works on many issues, including education, violence prevention, community change, reduction in racism (particularly institutional racism), leadership, and civic engagement. (continue)


GroupSystems.com develops software that accelerates and streamlines mission-critical business processes. Using GroupSystems software, a project team can reliably and effectively develop a shared understanding of a problem, develop ideas and strategies for addressing that problem, and reach consensus on specific actions and plans. (continue)