Programs & Projects

Climate & Community Resilience

Through our Climate & Community Resilience program, we engage communities to address the local impacts of a changing climate and enhance community resilience. We work directly with community partners to identify key concerns, lead education and deliberation efforts to develop responses to priority issues, and support community members and local organizations in implementing their chosen solutions.

Rural Climate Dialogues
We’re helping local communities develop solutions to the threats of extreme weather and a changing climate.

World Wide Views on Climate and Energy
Twin Cities area residents joined thousands across the world to study and discuss the global implications of a changing climate.

Patient Engagement & Patient Policy

Through our Patient Engagement & Patient Policy program, we promote new opportunities for patient participation in both clinical settings and in developing policy for healthcare service providers and governments.

Patient Participation in Reducing Diagnostic Error
We’re utilizing patient participation to reduce errors made during diagnosis, a leading cause of patient harm.

A Deliberative Approach to Develop Autism Data Collection in Massachusetts
We’re helping create engagement methods that support individuals on the autism spectrum to develop health data policy.

Medical Privacy Gets the Citizens’ Jury Treatment in Manchester, UK
We’re harnessing the understanding and ideas of citizens to create policy around the use of medical data in research.

Democratic Innovation

Through our Democratic Innovation program, we design and implement new models of public deliberation and participation to support a more informed and engaged citizenry. We work to make campaigns and elections more informative, public institutions more responsive, and local journalism more meaningful.

Your Voice Ohio
We’re connecting journalists and communities to produce more relevant and more powerful journalism.

Minnesota Community Assembly Project
We’re working with citizens to re-imagine and redesign local government.

Informed Citizen Akron
We’re uniting voters and media to promote a more civil, substantive campaign discourse in the nation’s most contested electoral battleground.

Twin Cities Election Forum
We’re increasing understanding across the partisan divide.

Up for Debate Akron
We’re exploring the best ways to engage young people in politics and civic life.

Exploring Engagement with Public Officials
We’re exploring how civic engagement and dialogue and deliberation practitioners cultivate and sustain relationships with elected officials and other professionals involved with policy development.

Student Civic Leadership at Minneapolis Community & Technical College
We’re helping students develop civic leadership skills through public deliberation and civic engagement.

Read more about our recent projects or browse our full history. And to see what others are saying about our work, visit our media page.