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Public Thinking about Democracy’s Challenge: Reclaiming the Public’s Role (NIF Report)

This 52-page report presents an analysis based on National Issues Forums (NIF) that were held during 2005 and 2006 using the issue discussion guide titled Democracy’s Challenge: Reclaiming the Public’s Role. The analysis was drawn from a sample of forums that were held in 45 states and D.C. The report methodology also included moderator interviews, observations of forums, tabulation of post-forum questionnaires, and the convening of six research forums/focus groups.  Find more details & order info on the NIF website.  The following is an excerpt from 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)

Public Thinking about the Energy Problem: Choices for an Uncertain Future (NIF Report)

In National Issues Forums (NIF) in 42 states and the District of Columbia, diverse groups of Americans came together in 2007 to deliberate for up to three hours about one of the major challenges facing the country, the energy problem.  As forum participants deliberated, they increasingly came to see that the energy problem is a short- and long-term threat to this nation’s economic well-being, national security, and environment. By the end of the forums, many felt that a number of steps could be taken to […] (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)

Public Thinking about Coping with the Cost of Health Care (NIF Report)

This 42-page Public Agenda Report, written by John Doble, Jared Bosk, and Samantha DuPont, and prepared for the Kettering Foundation, presents outcomes of the 2008 National Issues Forums (NIF) where participants used the issue book titled Coping with the Cost of Health Care: How Do We Pay for What We Need? in deliberative public forums around the country.  Find more details & order info on the NIF website. (continue)

Public Thinking about Economic Security: How Should We Take Charge of Our Future? (NIF Report)

This report analyzes the results of a series of citizen discussions about economic security that took place between September 2010 and April 2011 in 33 states and Washington, DC. Over 1,000 individuals from a wide range of backgrounds participated in these discussions sponsored by the National Issues Forums (NIF). The discussions were framed by an NIF issue guide entitled, Economic Security: How Should We Take Charge of Our Future? Forum participants explored three options for addressing the issue of economic security.  Find more details and […] (continue)

Americans Deliberate on Alcohol Abuse (NIF Report)

This 2001 report assembled by Paul Werth Associates is based on an analysis of what happened at nearly 62 of the many thousands of National Issues Forums that took place amongst diverse groups of people who came together and deliberated about issues related to alcohol abuse. Find more details & order info on the NIF website. More about National Issues Forums and their Reports on the Issues… The National Issues Forums (NIF) network includes civic, educational, and other organizations, and individuals, whose common interest is to promote public deliberation in America. NIF […] (continue)

Forums for the 4th: The NIF network at age 25 (NIF Report)

This 3-page report summarizes some of the themes that Joyce Hanna encountered as she contacted and interviewed a wide variety of people connected with the National Issues Forums (NIF) network of people who convene and/or moderate deliberative forums or workshops around the country. Joyce Hanna, a moderator, convener, trainer and observer of public deliberation, began her involvement with NIF in 1985. (continue)

Champions of Participation: Full Report of Proceedings

Thirty-four managers from 23 different federal agencies and departments came together on March 30-31, 2009, to develop recommendations for President Obama’s Open Government Directive. Participants in the working session shared a deep commitment to empowering the public and transforming the relationship between the American people and their government. Together, they brought to the discussion a wealth of experience in public participation, collaborative problem solving and conflict resolution. This 51-page report (2009) compiles the ideas and recommendations generated during the event. At the working meeting participants […] (continue)

No Textbook Answer: Communities Confront the Achievement Gap (documentary film)

This post includes details on a new National Issues Forums documentary film on how schools can use deliberation to uncover the best ways for them to address the achievement gap. The film will be aired on PBS stations around the country in 2011, and you can (1) request a free copy of the film and (2) help make sure your local PBS station airs the film. (continue)