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Residents, search panel refine profile of Pittsburgh police chief

"Instead of trying to remember the hundreds of comments and questions from dozens of residents about Pittsburgh's monthlong search for a police chief, officials took a more meticulous approach," writes Margaret Harding for TribLIVE News, July 24th, 2014.

'Managing Marcellus' Stimulates Dialogue

Following a production of the play "Managing Marcellus," former state Department of Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger said he wished other Pennsylvanians had seen it. (Christie Campbell, Observer-Reporter, November 17, 2011)

Constructive dialogue -- what a concept!

Participants in a 'deliberative poll' find the experience a welcome respite from the vicious vaudeville of politics today, says columnist Samantha Bennett (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette November 28, 2010)

Pittsburgh Foundation Sees New Direction...

Rich Loard, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (July 17th, 2010)

Grassroots Public Reform Encouraged by The Pittsburgh Foundation

Bill Zaltos, Pittsburgh Tribune Review (July 17th, 2010)

A Growing Consensus

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (June 28, 2009)

In an article for the Sunday Forum, Robert Cavalier highlights the results and implications of the 2008 Deliberatve Poll on Same-Sex Marriage.

Poll of Voters Finds Support for Same-Sex Marriage

L.A. Johnson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (September 30, 2008)

"About 70 percent of a small sampling of Pennsylvania voters surveyed in a recent poll support same-sex marriage or civil unions..."

The Next Page: Same-Sex Marriage -- An Informed Conversation

Robert Cavalier and Tim Dawson (September 21, 2008)

Contains a preview of the process and topic for the first statewide deliberative poll on this soical values issue.

Nine Hilltop Communities Unite to Improve Their Neighborshoods

Diana Nelson Jones, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (July 16, 2007)

"...Pittsburgh's southern "Hilltop" neighborhoods mimic conditions in many city neighborhoods, but a unique intervention has begun."

"Poll Shows Opposition to Bill of Rights"
The TartanOnline (May 1, 2006)

Shawn Wertz writes that "The focus of this poll was the proposed Student Bill of Rights, which would codify the prohibition of professors using their courses as a way of sharing personal political views with their students. The results of the poll suggested that the participants had changed their minds after learning about the issues through Campus Conversations."

OnQ Program on Healthcare Deliberative Poll
October 26, 2006
WQED Multimedia's OnQ Magazine aired a special show on healthcare. The program profiled two participants in the local deliberative poll and explored their concerns about healthcare issues, including Medicaid and the uninsured.

"A Boost for Democracy"

Pittsburgh Post Gazette (October 29, 2005)
An Op Ed piece by Robert Cavalier describing the ideas behind the newly formed Southwestern Pennsylvania Program for Deliberative Democracy.

"Polling exercise shows influence on voters' opinions"

Pittsburgh Post Gazette (January 25, 2004)
An article by Jack Kelly covering the first example of Deliberative Polling held in the Pittsburgh region.


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