The Program for Deliberative Democracy strives to improve local and regional decision-making through informed citizen deliberations. Among other forms of democratic dialogue, the Program utilizes the protocols of Jim Fishkin's Deliberative Poll® in order to indicate what the population of Southwestern Pennsylvania would think about a particular issue if it had time to become immersed in a deeply deliberative process.
Program receives 2008 Good Government
Award from the League of Women Voters of Greater Pittsburgh
The initiative is housed at Carnegie Mellon University and is a joint venture between CMU's Center for the Ethics and Policy and Pittsburgh’s Coro Center for Civic Leadership. There are two main outreach activities of the Program: Citizen Forums and Campus Conversations.
By providing background materials from the deliberative events and a
report on the deliberation results to the press, libraries, community
organizations and in other public venues, we believe that we can
raise the level of community-wide awareness of and involvement in
the pressing issues of social choice that face us in our lives as
citizens. In this way, deliberative democratic practice not only
empowers individuals but also builds civic engagement.
Carnegie Mellon University
Coro Center for Civic Leadership
State of Maryland citizen deliberations on the allocation of scarce medical resources during a public health disaster.
An innovative approach to the challenges and opportunities of The Marcellus Shale, produced by WQED.
September 25, 2010
A public discussion about municipal services in Allegheny County, supported by The Pittsburgh Foundation.
September 27, 2008
The first ever statewide deliberative poll on same-sex marriage.
A district-level deliberative poll on issues of relevance to
City Council as well as local organizations and associations.
The nation's first systematic use of deliberative polling techniques
at the college and university level. Topics have included "Faculty
Course Evaluations," "Public Art Policy" and "Climate Change and Campus Policy."
The Program for Deliberative Democracy is an independent, non-partisan organization devoted to the deliberation of issues that shape the lives and future of people in our region.
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