Methods

  • Choicework Dialogue -- also called Choice-Dialogue or ChoiceDialogue -- developed by Viewpoint Learning, is a structured and facilitated method of face-to-face, in-person deliberation in which a representative sample of approximately 40 individuals deliberates for 8 hours about a policy issue. The method requires participants to read workbooks containing information about...
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    Citizen Advisory Boards are a local government entity which consists of volunteer citizens from the community they represent. Citizen Advisory Boards add to the deliberative quality of a democracy by involving everyday citizens in political processes that help shape the policies of a local government. Definition The responsibilities of a...
  • Citizen Budget is an innovative online tool used by over 65 cities to broaden their budget consultations beyond town halls and educate residents on the budget process. Traditionally, governments, schools and other bodies have held public meetings to solicit feedback on their budgets. However, these public meetings have significant limitations:...
  • Definition Citizen Conferences allow for citizens to deliberate and provide policy recommendations for a government entity. The government entity can then use these recommendations to better meet the needs of its citizens. Citizen Conferences are comparable to Citizens' Juries and to Consensus Conferences . Participants The participants in citizen conferences...
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    The Citizen Councilor Network is overseen by the King County Auditor's Office in Seattle. This method is used in support of the Countywide Community Forums (of King County). Notes The cost to conduct a "round" of the network is highly variable. The more volunteer support you can find the lower...
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