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The Troubled American Family: Which Way Out of the Storm? (NIF Report)

This 1996 report assembled by Doble Research Associates focuses on results from forums examining the current state of the American family.  Find more details & order info on the NIF website.  From the report… While the people who deliberated in the 1995-1996 forums on The Troubled American Family: Which Way Out of the Storm? agreed that the American family is in crisis, they did not view the issue in ideological or political terms. Rather, the focus of their concern was on the future of our children. […] (continue)

Violent Kids: Can We Change The Trend? (NIF Issue Guide)

One of the National Issues Forums Institute’s issue guides, Violent Kids: Can We Change The Trend? outlines this public issue and several choices or approaches to addressing the issue. National Issues Forums do not advocate a specific solution or point of view, but provide citizens the opportunity to consider a broad range of choices, weigh the pros and cons of those options, and meet with each other in a public dialogue to identify the concerns they hold in common.  From the issue guide… Every day […] (continue)

Mission Uncertain: Reassessing America’s Global Role (NIF Report)

This 1996 report assembled by Doble Research Associates looks at the results from forums examining the United States’ role on the international stage.  Find more details & order info on the NIF website.  From the report… This year, one of the issues that citizens discussed was Mission Uncertain: Reassessing America’s Global Role. In these forums, participants rejected a return to isolation as unrealistic and unwise. But at the same time, they were reluctant to see the U.S. get involved in international conflicts, felt that domestic […] (continue)

Preparing Today’s Kids for Tomorrow’s Jobs: What Should Our Community Do? (NIF Issue Guide)

One of the National Issues Forums Institute’s issue guides, Preparing Today’s Kids for Tomorrow’s Jobs: What Should Our Community Do? outlines this public issue and several choices or approaches to addressing the issue. National Issues Forums do not advocate a specific solution or point of view, but provide citizens the opportunity to consider a broad range of choices, weigh the pros and cons of those options, and meet with each other in a public dialogue to identify the concerns they hold in common.  From the […] (continue)

How Can We Be Fair? The Future of Affirmative Action (NIF Report)

This 1997 report assembled by Doble Research Associates examines the outcomes of forums held on the topic of Affirmative Action. Find more details & order info on the NIF website.  From the report… Over the past two years, one of the issues that citizens considered was How Can We Be Fair? The Future of Affirmative Action. Most people went into the forums with misgivings about affirmative action and came out with mixed feelings about the inequality in our society and our attempts to remedy it through […] (continue)

The National Piggybank: Does Our Retirement System Need Fixing?

This 1997 report assembled by Doble Research Associates examines a series of forums where citizens deliberated about the issue of what to do about the retirement system.  Find more details & order info on the NIF website.  From the report… In these forums, participants favored four major points: 1. Social Security is in crisis and something must be done to save the system 2. Social Security should not become a welfare program 3. For equity, some incremental changes, such as raising the ceiling on the […] (continue)

Governing America: Our Choices, Our Challenge (NIF Report)

This 1998 report assembled by Doble Research Associates analyzes people’s thinking about democratic government as they deliberated in two-hour-long forums held in an array of settings across the country. Find more details & order info on the NIF website. The 1997-1998 NIF issue book, Governing America: Our Choices, Our Challenge, presents three choices or alternative options to improve the way government functions: the first focuses on government and advances the idea of turning over government functions to the private sector and suggests that a cutback on government […] (continue)

Protecting Our Rights: What Goes on the Internet? (NIF Report)

This 1999 report assembled by Doble Research Associates describes how forum participants are thinking about questions of privacy, censorship, free speech, and free enterprise on the Internet. Find more details & order info on the NIF website. From the report… Five Overarching Themes from the Forums: As people deliberated about issues related to the Internet, five distinct themes emerged. Each is a composite of participants’ feelings about the many choices or policy options presented in the NIF issue book, Protecting Our Rights: What Goes on the […] (continue)

Public Schools: Are They Making The Grade? (NIF Report)

This 2000 report by Doble Research Associates details people’s thinking as they “worked through” the issue of public schools by deliberating together, considering other points of view, and weighing the costs and consequences of different approaches to the issue. It shows that people’s thinking is complex and sometimes at odds with the policy debate. The concepts of “school choice” and “standards,” for example, had different meanings to participants than they often do in policy terms.  Find more details & order info on the NIF website. (continue)

Our Nation’s Kids: Is Something Wrong? (NIF Report)

This 2000 report by John Doble Research Associates describes how forum participants are thinking about questions of how our troubled kids are doing.  Find more details & order info on the NIF website.  From the report… This report, by Doble Research Associates, a nonpartisan, public interest consulting firm, is based on an analysis of the thinking of 1,956 citizens who participated in nearly one hundred of the thousands of National Issues Forums that have taken place, and continue to take place, across the country. (The sample […] (continue)

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