Like a jury, but different

There are lots of experiments in citizen deliberation that draw inspiration from juries. One such innovation is the Oregon Citizens’ Initiative Review (CIR), a process tried out for the first time in 2010. The gist is this: A random sample of citizens study an issue for a week, then their analysis goes into the official Voters’ Pamphlet.

I just completed an evaluation report for the Oregon legislature that shows both the quality of the CIR deliberation and its ultimate impact on the wider Oregon electorate. If you think juries make some sense–and they do–then you might want to learn more about the CIR.

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About jgastil

John Gastil is Head and Professor in the Department of Communication Arts and Sciences at The Pennsylvania State University, where he specializes in political deliberation and group decision making.
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