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U.S.-Russia Relations: Report from the New Dartmouth Conference (NIF Report)

This 2004 report by Taylor Willingham provides an overview of the second New Dartmouth Conference, this one held in Russia, which examined U.S.-Russia Relations. See more details on the NIF website. From the report… The overwhelming common theme from both sides was that citizens make a clear distinction between the “human” aspect of the relationship and the political aspects – drawing a line between governments and people. Russians initially saw the relationship as the competence of the government, but shifted to an emphasis on citizen to citizen interactions after deliberating. […] (continue)

Examining Health Care: What’s the Public’s Prescription? Results from Citizen Forums (NIF Report)

This 2004 Kettering Foundation report about public forums held using the National Issues Forums (NIF) issue discussion guide Examining Health Care: What’s the Public’s Prescription? was prepared by Paul Werth Associates.  The findings in the report are derived from some 40 deliberative forums held in various locations around the country.  The report also includes an analysis of 1,027 post-forum surveys that were completed by forum participants. Find more details & order info on the NIF website. From the report… (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)

Public Thinking About Americans’ Role in the World (NIF Report)

This report, an analysis of results from the 2003-2004 National Issues Forums, presents an examination of people’s thinking as they deliberated together in public forums about Americans’ Role in the World. The analysis is based on forums held in 37 states, on moderator interviews representing forums in 22 locations, observations of six forums, videotape of four forums, and on the results of two online forums. The report is also based on the analysis of 1,486 post-forum questionnaires that were returned between April 2003 and April 2004. […] (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 Thinking About The New Challenges of American Immigration (NIF Report)

This report, an analysis of results from the 2003-2005 National Issues Forums, presents an examination of people’s thinking as they deliberated together in public forums using the issue discussion guide The New Challenges of American Immigration. The analysis is based on forums held in 41 states, on moderator interviews representing forums in 23 locations, analysis of an online forum, and five videotaped forums. The report is also based on the analysis of 1,073 post-forum questionnaires along with a total of 403 telephone interviews with a national probability […] (continue)

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)

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