Deliberative Polling® on Education Policy in Omagh, Northern Ireland

For 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.

Deliberative Polling® in the Municipality of Marousi, Greece

One of the two leading political parties in Greece, PASOK, used Deliberative Polling® to select its candidate for mayor in the city of Marousi. Marousi is where the Olympics were held and is in the Athens area. This is the first time that a political party has used Deliberative Polling to democratize candidate selection. The Deliberative Poll serves the same function as a primary. If the experiment is successful, we anticipate wider use for the same purpose.

Deliberative Polling® on a Single European currency for Denmark

In August 2000, Denmark held it's first national Deliberative Poll. A random sample of 384 Danes discussed whether the nation should participate in the single currency of the Euro. The Danish incarnation of the Deliberative Poll was unique at the time in that participants were polled four times throughout the process. The poll showed increases in knowledge and opinion change. The process and the results produced extensive media coverage before the vote.