• Jackson County Initiative Review

    Nine measures appeared on Oregon’s statewide ballot in 2012 – yet Oregonians weighed in on close to 200 total ballot measures in their local communities that same year.

    This spring the Citizens’ Initiative Review is coming to a local measure in Jackson County. Learn more about this pilot project here.

  • International Acclaim for the Citizens' Initiative Review

    The 2012 Citizens’ Initiative Review won the International Association for Public Participation’s 2012 North American Project of the Year award, and then went on to also win International Project of the Year.

  • What is Healthy Democracy?

    Healthy Democracy is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to elevating the public’s voice in our democracy. We support in-depth and fair deliberations that build meaningful new ways for the public to weigh in on the important issues facing us all.

  • 2012 Evaluation Results are in!

    In 2012, over 627,000 Oregonians relied on the Citizens’ Initiative Review for trustworthy information on two statewide ballot measures. Read on for more about the independent academic research team’s findings.

  • Citizens' Initiative Review in the News

    The CIR has attracted media attention from around – and beyond – Oregon for its work in providing voters with fair and balanced information on ballot measures.

What does a Healthy Democracy Look Like?

What does a healthy democracy look like? Watch our latest video and find out more about the Citizens’ Initiative Review.

Citizens' Initiative Review

Read the results of the 2012 Citizens’ Initiative Reviews on Measure 82 and Measure 85, which were published in the Oregon Voters’ Pamphlet.

Jefferson Center

Jefferson Center works with communities to meaningfully engage complex policy issues, identify priorities on topics that matter most, craft innovative solutions to challenging issues, and uncover the individual and collective power to drive politics and initiate community action.

Mediation Works

For over 23 years, Mediation Works has been serving southern Oregon communities helping people manage conflict through mediation, restoring harmed relationships and communities through dialogue and mentorship, and advancing peace through education and training. Mediation Works transforms the way the people and communities of southern Oregon manage, resolve, and heal from conflict.


Healthy Democracy Hiring Development and Communications Manager

March, 2014

Position:              Development & Communications Manager

Healthy Democracy


Healthy Democracy is hiring a Development & Communications Manager.  Candidates for this position must politically experienced (but not too jaded), … more »


CIR is an International Award Winner!

The Citizens’ Initiative Review, an Oregon-born project for evaluating ballot measures, has just won the International Association for Public Participation’s Award for North American Project of the Year… and then … more »


Independent research on Citizens’ Initiative Review drives innovation

The Citizens’ Initiative Review, as one of the most innovative and exciting developments in the field of public deliberation, is generating increasing interest among academic researchers and public involvement professionals.… more »


CIRCLE Evaluates 2012 CIRs

The latest study of the Citizens' Initiative Review has just come out. Conducted by CIRCLE, the Center for Information and Research on Civic Engagement, the study focuses on an analysis … more »