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The first of its kind in Connecticut, this report documents the state’s civic health. It looks at key indicators of civic life in Connecticut: how Connecticut residents engage in civic organizations...
The report documents key indicators of civic life in Connecticut: How Connecticut residents engage in civic organizations and group activities, how attentive they are to community problem solving and...
In response to the national discussion on civility, the National League of Cities has developed an action guide to encourage local governance in a participatory, deliberative, inclusive and...
A two-year evaluation by the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory of statewide study circle programs that addressed education issues in Arkansas and Oklahoma. This study places special...
Social networking sites have grown more important in recent years as a venue for political involvement, learning, and debate. Can online engagement lead to offline action? The Pew Research Center's...
A number of civic engagement organizations, including Everyday Democracy, have come together to endorse Core Principles for the Public Engagement,a living, breathing publication that makes clear what...
Commissioned by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and written by Matt Leighninger of the Deliberative Democracy Consortium, this paper reviews that conversation and extends an invitation to both...
Este reporte da un resumen de las conclusiones expuestas en el foro para la toma de deciones políticas del programa Un buen comienzo para los niños llevado a cabo en Santa Fe, New Mexico el 24 de...
Sustaining Public Engagement: Embedded Deliberation in Local Communities, providing insights into how public engagement initiatives can grow into a regular practice involving people from many...
Published in 2000, this two-year “best practices” study by Roberts & Kay, Inc., assesses organizing strategies and outcomes in community-wide study circle programs. The study places special...
A practical, short publication based on the Toward Competent Communities study of best practices in study circle programs.
Experts and advocates for strengthening our nation's democracy came together to create new momentum and plans for bringing together the emerging democracy reform movement behind a common set of...
Civic engagement is highly unequal among young Americans, particularly between young people with varying education levels. The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement...

Dialogue to Change

Our ultimate goal is to create positive community change that includes everyone, and we believe that our tools, advice, and resources will help foster that kind of change. Whether you’re grappling with a divisive community issue, or simply want to include residents’ voices in city government, the dialogue to change program can help community members take action and make their voice heard.