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Funding and Fostering Local Democracy: What Philanthropy Should Know about the Emerging Field of Deliberation and Democratic Governance

“Funding and Fostering Local Democracy: What Philanthropy Should Know about the Emerging Field of Deliberation and Democratic Governance” was written by Matt Leighninger and published in April 2009 by PACE (Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement). This guide provides a detailed description of how local civic engagement has grown and developed over the past decade and aims to help funders, public officials and community activists better understand the possibilities, and limitations, of various approaches to working with the public. The guide includes a list of some […] (continue)

Report from NCDD 2008: Framing 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. Our leader for the “Framing Challenge” was Jacob Hess, then-Ph.D. Candidate in Clinical-Community Psychology at the University of Illinois. Jacob wrote up an in-depth report on what was discussed at the conference in this challenge area, as well as his own reflections as a social conservative who is committed to dialogue. Download the 2008 Framing […] (continue)

Deliberative Democracy’s Attempt to Turn Politics into Law

Drawing on an example of President Bush's decision as to whether or not to fund stem cell research, the author explores what it takes to make a possible constituency-altering decision for politicians. A multitude of factors go into the mix for the decision, including who is involved in the public in the debate and how those people turnout to vote in the election. The author goes on to look at the feelings of Americans in times of crisis and the leaders' actions in response. (continue)

Why Public Schools? Whose Public Schools?

As an outgrowth of the foundation's research in the politics of education, Why Public Schools? Whose Public Schools? explores how communities once acted together to create schools. The setting is frontier Alabama, yet every state has similar stories. By exposing the tightly coupled relationship between communities and their schools, Mathews finds that cooperation and civic involvement are necessary to resolve today's educational crisis. (continue)

How Deliberation Affects Public Opinion

Democratic theorists argue that deliberation promotes consensus and enlightenment, but few explain how deliberation affects public opinion. This study develops a theory of deliberative opinion updating based upon Bayesian learning whereby citizens revise their prior beliefs with information obtained through discussion. The theory focuses analytical attention on both the opinions citizens report to survey researchers as well as the distributions of considerations underlying their individual attitudes. Application of the theory to a panel survey bracketing a deliberative forum and national surveys reveals that as expected, deliberation improves knowledge, affects the considerations underlying opinions, and alters references toward Social Security reform options. The results show that public discussion in an organized deliberative forum or in ordinary situations can increase knowledge and alter opinions, but it does so selectively based upon the quality and diversity of the deliberation. (continue)

Report to the Deliberative Democracy Consortium: Building a Deliberation Measurement Toolbox

This project was charged with creating a toolbox of measures for evaluating democratic deliberation, a toolbox of use to practitioners and researchers of deliberation. With a couple exceptions, there are few measures of the consequences or quality of deliberation with a proven record of detecting effects or quality. Indeed, some observers have suggested that it is unlikely researchers will be able to detect most effects of deliberation, in part because the effects may be small and require repeated deliberation experiences. In an encouraging sign, this report introduces a set of measures that does detect strong effects of deliberative experiences, even in one-day deliberations with relatively few participants. (continue)

D&D Success Stories

Below are dozens of links to dialogue and deliberation success stories and case studies that are available online. Approaches covered include Deliberative Polling, Citizens Juries, Future Search, National Issues Forums, Jewish-Palestinian Dialogue, AmericaSpeaks, Study Circles, the Public Conversations Project, and Wisdom Councils. NCDD has been compiling these resources for the D&D community for several years, but we could really use your help keeping this page updated. Email us at ncdd@thataway.org with your additions and changes. (continue)

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