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Healthy Democracy

Joined in September 2011

About Us

Healthy Democracy is a US-based nonpartisan nonprofit that designs and coordinates innovative deliberative democracy programs.


We pioneered the Citizens' Initiative Review process. CIRs bring together groups of randomly selected and demographically representative voters in an intensive four-day, jury-like setting to research the basic facts of initiatives and referenda on the ballot. These citizen panels draft joint statements that provide clear, concise, and accurate information to their fellow voters, removed from campaign messaging and financial influence.

The CIR is one specialized example of what is known in the field as “Citizens Juries” or “Citizen Assemblies” whereby everyday people, chosen by lottery, are convened to address difficult policy questions. This model of citizen engagement is being increasingly used in Europe, Canada, and Australia to tackle some of their most challenging political issues. Currently in the U.S., Healthy Democracy is building on its decade-long reputation of delivering fair and trustworthy public processes by introducing this civic-lottery based model to local governments throughout Oregon.

Healthy Democracy is a US-based nonpartisan nonprofit that designs and coordinates innovative deliberative democracy programs.


We pioneered the Citizens' Initiative Review process. CIRs bring together groups of randomly selected…

Issue Areas Include

  • Civic Engagement
  • Community Development
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Education
  • Policy

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