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Setting Standards in San Jose, California case study

This 2006 case study examines Public Agenda’s work with the San Jose Unified School District and the Danforth Foundation to initiate a program of focus groups that would culminate in a district-wide community conversation on academic standards and expectations. Resource Link: http://www.publicagenda.org/public-engagement-projects/setting-standards-san-jose-california (continue)

Transforming Public Life: A Decade of Citizen Engagement in Bridgeport, CT

On the face of it, the story of Bridgeport, Connecticut, is a familiar one. After losing much of its manufacturing and industrial base following the Second World War, the city confronted the problems of many old industrial cities—high unemployment, a shrinking tax base, the growth of violent crime and drugs. So far, so familiar. But what sets Bridgeport apart from cities with similar histories is the evolving story of its uncommonly rich civic life. When it comes time to solve community problems or make and […] (continue)

Reframing “Framing”

This 5-page article (2007) written by Will Friedman for Public Agenda addresses the concept of nonpartisan framing for deliberation, which aims to clarify the range of positions surrounding an issue so that citizens can better decide what they want to do. While framing has received significant mainstream attention of late, what is not being discussed is the limited context in which framing is conceived. The current infatuation with framing is concerned virtually exclusively with the power politics of parties and interest groups, and the winning or losing of […] (continue)

NCDD’s Three-Year Strategic Plan

The NCDD staff, Board of Directors, Steering Committee, and membership all participated in a collaborative visioning and planning process to provide us with clarity about NCDD's objectives, vision, resources and strengths, and a blueprint for effectively incorporating all of these things into our decision-making process. Our Strategic Plan is the result of this process. For an organization that is being pulled in dozens of different directions due to the varied needs of our members, our field of practice, our communities and humanity in general, this plan will help ensure that NCDD develops into an efficient, forward-thinking organization. (continue)

Ready for 21st Century Careers Choicework guide

Whether they’re planning to attend a four-year university, a two-year degree program or enter an on-the-job training program, today’s students will be living in a world of rapid technological change where more and more good jobs and promising careers will require a solid background in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). From nursing to auto mechanics to marketing, workers will need a greater mastery of these subjects than ever before. Even many jobs that do not directly involve STEM will require the kinds of analytic […] (continue)

Preventing Crime and Promoting Public Safety Choicework guide

There are a variety of strategies that can guide a police department in its efforts to prevent crime and promote public safety. Some of these strategies may be more effective for a given community than others. To help citizens better understand the range of strategies that police departments can use, the Public Agenda created this 2005 Citizen Choicework guide that reviews three key approaches: improving police procedures for solving serious crime; sweating the small stuff; and partnering with the community to fight crime. Based on […] (continue)

Everyone Ready for School: How Can We Ensure High Quality Early Childhood Programs? Choicework guide

Many families choose to place their children in some of preschool program, but these programs can vary widely in quality. This 2005 Public Agenda Choicework guide explores the question: How can we make sure that all preschools provide safe and enriching environments that do a good job preparing children for school? Based on decades of research and experience concerning how average citizens think and talk about issues, Public Agenda’s Choicework Discussion Starters are designed to help groups and communities talk productively about public problems. Public Agenda’s Choicework guides and […] (continue)

Ensuring Teacher Quality Choicework guide

Most people would agree that you can’t have good schools without good teachers, and that it’s crucial to ensure that there is a quality teacher in every classroom. This 2005 Public Agenda Choicework guide explores the questions: How do we ensure teacher quality? What are the qualities, skills, knowledge and behaviors that set quality teachers apart? Based on decades of research and experience concerning how average citizens think and talk about issues, Public Agenda’s Choicework Discussion Starters are designed to help groups and communities talk productively about public problems. […] (continue)

An Introduction to Collaborative Technologies

Collaborative technology can create an interactive learning environment involving people who are hundreds or thousands of miles apart. Businesses are far more savvy with the more sophisticated packages of high-tech tools available than we are in the dialogue and deliberation community, and the prohibitive cost of many of the tools, software and services primarily marketed to businesses is the most obvious reason for that. (continue)