Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy
The Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy (ICDD) is a non-partisan,
interdisciplinary institute at Kansas State University dedicated to researching,
teaching, and ultimately improving public understanding and decision making.
This focus is grounded in deliberative democracy scholarship, teaching, and
outreach. ICDD works with university research teams and community groups to
enhance decision making through deliberation. Specific ICDD activities that
enhance the broader impact of research proposals include:
Convening Stakeholders and Community Members. We provide
expertise in convening town hall meetings and community group dialogues.
o Soliciting a wide community of involvement representing a
diversity of stakeholders and perspectives
o Getting the "right" people to the table
o Holding community meetings in appropriate spaces
Facilitating Discussions. We provide expertise in facilitating town hall
meetings and community groups dialogues.
Matching Appropriate Deliberative Models with Local Context
(appreciative inquiry, focus groups, National Issues Forum model, solution
and consequences model).
Providing Expert, Context-Appropriate Facilitation (engaging
community stakeholders, drawing out important ideas, managing conflict,
and coming to solutions).
Analyzing Data. We provide the research expertise to analyze and report on
data collected from participant discussions.
Training Facilitators. We provide facilitation training for your
professional staff so as to build the capacity of your own research team's
ability to truly hear and assess community voices.
Hearing from and presenting information to community groups is vital to
disseminating your research to the world. The Institute for Civic Discourse and
Democracy is a source of professional facilitation for interactions with campus
and/or community groups. For more information, contact Dr. David Procter,
Director of the Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy at 785-532-6868 or