A Community Foundation initiative
'Deliberative Polling' is a registered trademark of the Center for Deliberative Democracy, Stanford University
Consensus conferences are used to inform and consult members of the public on topics that are complex, controversial, or expert dominated – for example issues around emerging science and technology. They enable panels of citizens to question expert witnesses in a similar way to citizens juries, with the difference being that they are held in public and open to the media.
Citizen Report Cards
Citizen Report Cards (CRC) are participatory surveys used to engage citizens in assessing public services such as health, education and transport – particularly where existing data is scarce. This can include the availability of services, access and usage, quality and reliability, problems encountered by service users, transparency in provision, costs, and suggestions for improvements. CRCs are designed to raise citizen awareness and ultimately bring about reforms in the public service delivery system.
Local and Global Civic Innovation Tools
Top Tips For Civic Innovation
It’s not “one size fits all”
Different situations call for different kinds of tools and approaches: some tools would be appropriate to certain circumstances and not to others.
Build numbers – if you have to!
You don’t have to involve everyone in every issue all the time. But for some issues, building a critical mass and getting as many people engaged as possible is essential.
Bring them to you
Equally, it is important for decision makers to see and get a feel for your community, your group and your issues.