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In states. In communities. In schools.

The Citizens’ Initiative Review

We bring a representative random sample of voters together to study ballot measures.

These everyday citizens hear testimony from both sides and from independent experts. And then draft high-quality information for their fellow voters.

Voter Info. By Voters, For Voters.

In 2018, Healthy Democracy conducted three CIRs. Learn more about them below.

2018 Portland-Area CIR

2018 Massachusetts CIR

2018 California CIR


"Many of us consider [the Citizens' Initiative Review] to be our most meaningful experience in politics. And for those of us who have struggled to keep faith in the political system, it helped to restore it."

—Joint Statement by 2016 Massachusetts Citizen Panelists

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Assuming Democracy: Adam Says Hello

After too many years working in the advertising industry as a Creative Director, one day I came to the liberating conclusion that I no longer wanted to sell people things they didn’t need. This reluctant admission was instantly followed by a life-changing question: what if I take the skills I have for selling people stuff
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“The Hope and Promise of Our Democracy”: Robin Says Goodbye

It has been my great privilege to have served the Healthy Democracy organization over the past 4 ½ years alongside some of the most dedicated staff and volunteer board members one could imagine. First and foremost, my thanks goes to each of them for making this work possible and impactful, and equally importantly, for making
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Annabelle’s Reflection on her Nevins Fellowship with Healthy Democracy

Over the summer, Healthy Democracy was grateful to welcome Annabelle LaRosa as our 2020 Nevins Fellow. The Nevins Fellowship, through the McCourtney Institute for Democracy at Penn State, provides students with the opportunity to complete internships at organizations that bring people together to solve common problems. From June through August, Annabelle lent her perspective and
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First Virtual Oregon Citizen Assembly Shares COVID-19 Recovery Recommendations August 27

For Immediate Release August 12, 2020 Media Contact: Robin Teater, Executive Director Ph: 503-841-6865; Email: robin@healthydemocracy.org   WHAT: Oregon Citizen Assembly on COVID-19 Recovery Thirty-six diverse citizens from across Oregon will share results of seven weeks of discussion and deliberations on key questions relevant to the State’s COVID-19 economic recovery. WHEN:  Thursday, Aug. 27, 6-6:30
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First Statewide Online Assembly Will Look at Coronavirus Recovery

From Portland Tribune: Forty Oregonians, just under half the size of the Legislature, will meet online during the next six weeks to help chart a course for the state’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. Chosen at random and reflective of the population, they will take part in a statewide assembly that mirrors Oregon’s decade-long citizen review
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Oregonians to weigh in on COVID-19 recovery issues in ‘virtual citizen assembly’

From KTVZ News Channel 21: PORTLAND, Ore. (KTVZ) — Oregonians from all walks of life will participate in the state’s first virtual Citizen Assembly to weigh in on what could be some of the state’s most important policy considerations in a generation. The virtual Citizen Assembly, a pilot project of nonpartisan, nonprofit Healthy Democracy and Oregon’s Kitchen Table, will
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Citizens’ Initiative Review: Helping Citizens Make Better Informed Voting Choices

From medium.com/participo: Linn Davis is a program manager at Healthy Democracy, a US-based nonpartisan non-profit that designs and coordinates deliberative democracy programs. He manages the Citizens’ Initiative Review program, as well as design and outreach for emerging local government and high school programs. The Citizens’ Initiative Review is a unique deliberative process. In the OECD’s forthcoming
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Do you trust your fellow citizens more than your leaders?

From swissinfo.ch: A Swiss experiment bringing together a group of citizens to prepare an informational sheet for February’s national vote has completed its first stage. Voting up to four times a year, as the Swiss do, is a nice democratic right, but it also means keeping up with a lot of topics. Usually this means following
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