By the People: Hard times, Hard choices – Michigan Citizens Deliberate

Detroit, Michigan. photo (cc): Thomas Hawk flickr 13139277775The results of the deliberative poll, and the reactions of Michigan residents to issues such as poverty, education, unemployment, housing and the economy aired on public TV stations in Michigan on Jan. 18. Questions were formulated with the input of Michigan-based public policy experts.

Deliberative Polling® on Policies toward the Roma in Bulgaria

Roma Village, Bulgaria. photo (cc): Royston Rascals flickr 4954832436The social and economic situation of the Roma is one of the most serious problems caused by the transition in Bulgaria. This issue increasingly affects the whole society. The Roma live in extreme poverty, they are isolated in ghettos, they lack adequate education, and they have few opportunities to find a job. Generations of Roma live only on welfare.

Deliberative Polling® on Education Policy in Omagh, Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland classroom photo (cc):  G8 UK flickr 9066378435For the first time ever, a scientific random sample of parents in Northern Ireland deliberated about a serious public policy issue-their children’s educational future. The occasion was a Deliberative Poll, held in Omagh on 27 January 2007. The random sample brought together Protestants and Catholics of all shades of opinion, who then deliberated in small-group discussions and plenary sessions with panels of experts representing different policy perspectives. This was the first Deliberative Poll in a deeply divided society.

By the People: A National Deliberation on Healthcare and Education

Elementary school. photo (cc): Phil Roeder flickr 6085668928Nearly one thousand adult Americans engaged in a national scientific experiment to see what the public would think about education and health care—if only people became more informed about the issues and talked about them together.

Deliberative Polling® By the People

By the PeopleBy the People is a special project organized by MacNeil/Lehrer Productions to bring the views of informed, “ordinary” citizens to a national discussion on the important issues of the day. Since its launch in 2002, BTP has supported well over 200 Citizen Deliberations around the country and more than 100 national and local PBS broadcasts, on issues ranging from national security to healthcare.