Healthy Democracy Hiring Development and Communications Manager

February 28, 2014

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), fired up to make a real difference in the world, and genuinely enjoy non-profit development and communications.  Ideal candidates for this position will be driven to improve our democracy for all voters across the political spectrum, be able to motivate others to support this new … more »

CIR is an International Award Winner!

November 26, 2013

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 went on to also win the award for Project of the Year internationally.

We’re honored to see the Citizens’ Initiative Review recognized by the leading international organization for public participation. Our moderators, panelists, and supporters have done a tremendous amount of work to develop a … more »

Independent research on Citizens’ Initiative Review drives innovation

August 27, 2013

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.

On August 5, nineteen scholars and practitioners from across the United States and Canada gathered at Penn State University for a four-day research confab on the Citizens’ Initiative Review.

Katie Knobloch, Associate Director of the Center for Public Deliberation at Colorado State University and a … more »


April 2, 2013

We are excited to welcome Lucy Palmersheim to the Healthy Democracy team! She comes to the organization with experience in nonprofit fundraising, public policy, and strategic communications.

As Development Director for the Oregon Bus Project, she helped the youth civic engagement organization greatly expand its operations and grow into multiple states. She has also served as a Legislative Advisor in Salem and as Policy Director for citywide campaigns in Portland.

“Lucy’s already demonstrated that she … more »

2012 Citizens’ Initiative Review is most effective yet

April 2, 2013

In 2012, over 627,000 Oregonians relied on the Citizens’ Initiative Review (CIR) for trustworthy information on two statewide ballot measures. Throughout the process, Healthy Democracy worked with respected researchers who studied our work to determine the CIR’s impact.

The report was just released, and the results are incredibly exciting. Researchers found that a majority of voters were aware of the CIR, and two-thirds of those who read a statement found it helpful.… more »

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