What is Healthy Democracy?


Healthy Democracy is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to elevating the public’s voice in our democracy. We work to advance innovative and powerful ways for the public to engage in the democratic process and improve our political discourse.

We don’t work for one side or another on the ‘issues of the day’. We do work on in-depth and fair deliberations in order to build meaningful new ways for the public to weigh in on the important issues facing us all.


The Citizens’ Initiative Review (CIR) was developed by Healthy Democracy Oregon in 2007 to present voters with clear, useful, and trustworthy evaluations of statewide ballot measures.

In 2011, the Oregon Legislature approved House Bill 2634 to make the Citizens’ Initiative Review a permanent part of the elections process in Oregon. This marked the first time a legislature has made voter deliberation a formalized part of the election process.

Healthy Democracy was selected by the newly formed Oregon Citizens’ Initiative Review Commission to run two Reviews during the 2012 election cycle — the first official state CIRs.

In 2014, Healthy Democracy ran the first-ever local Citizens’ Initiative Review in Jackson County, Oregon. The review brought together twenty citizens to offer recommendations about a measure to ban genetically-modified crops.

The 2014 fall reviews will take place in three states, the first time the process has been used outside of Oregon.

Programs and Projects

Healthy Democracy runs the Citizens’ Initiative Review on behalf of the Oregon Citizens’ Initiative Review Commission. We also serve as a resource for organizations and individuals wanting to develop the CIR in their own states.

Support for our Work

Healthy Democracy’s work is made possible by hundreds of individuals and families, alongside grant support from the following foundations: