Since 2002, the city of Grenoble, France, has engaged citizens in public decision-making through participatory committees and town meetings. Residents have been able to express their opinions and make recommendations on city planning, education, cultural life, and other municipal issues. Over the years, this program has strengthened local democracy and empowered public participation in important civic projects.
The San Mateo Deliberative Poll was a countrywide deliberative event held in San Mateo, California, March 2008. The event was sponsored by Threshold 2008, a coalition of civic groups dedicated to housing problem in the country, and funded by a number of philanthropy foundations such as Open Square Foundation with additional support from the country and local partners. The event adopted Deliberative Polling in which scientific sample of randomly selected people participated two days of deliberative meetings.