• Oregon Initiative Reviews

    Citizen panels studied Measure 90, which would institute a “Top Two” Primary system, and Measure 92, which would institute GMO labeling.

    Read their findings here.

  • Colorado's First Initiative Review

    20 voters from around the state deliberated about Proposition 105, a measure to require that foods containing genetically-modified ingredients to be labelled.

    Read the panel’s findings.

  • Arizona's First Initiative Review

    Arizona’s first Citizens’ Initiative Review brought together 20 Phoenix residents to study a measure that would change the city’s pension system.

    Read their results on Morrison Institute’s site.

  • Does it Work?

    An independent academic research team found that the 2012 Citizens’ Initiative Review was unbiased and used by over half of voters.

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Morrison Institute

Morrison Institute for Public Policy is a leader in examining critical issues for Arizona and the region, and is a catalyst for public dialogue. An Arizona State University resource, Morrison Institute uses nonpartisan research, analysis and public outreach to help improve the state’s quality of life.

Engaged Public

Engaged Public is a public policy strategy firm that provides innovative services to government, non-profits, foundations, and the private sector to create change in a complex public policy environment. Since 1998, Engaged Public has worked to create an honest, collaborative dialogue that includes civic leaders and citizens as the foundation for developing actionable strategies for better public policies.

The Civic Canopy

The Civic Canopy is a nonprofit organization that facilitates public processes using a model that focuses on results, includes relevant stakeholders in thoughtful dialogue, and develops action plans and structures for learning from the results— all within a culture of trust and collaboration!


Citizens’ Initiative Review Named Top 10 Government Innovation by Harvard

May 5, 2015

Ash Center Announces Finalists, Top 10 Programs for Public Engagement in Government Award

Cambridge, Mass. – May 5, 2015 – Today the Ash Center for Democratic Governance … more »


Colorado State of Mind: GMO ballot issue

October 20, 2014

Watch two panelists explain their findings.

The Citizens Initiative Review is a pilot program that brought together 20 voters to study a ballot question, in this case … more »


Colorado Public Radio: Experiment to Help Voters

Rachel Eastabrook,

October 20, 2014

Listen to the story online.

In this state, more than most others, voters make big policy decisions through the ballot, like the legalization of marijuana … more »


Research: Citizen review of GMO labeling initiative unbiased

Colorado State University Source

15 Oct, 2014 by Jeff Dodge


A research team led by a Colorado State University faculty member has found that a new citizens’ review of … more »