Developing Deliberative Practice: Argument Quality in Public Deliberations
Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy (ICDD) research associates studied the argument quality and civility of deliberative forums as compared to public hearings and online message boards. The study asked: Does the quality of public argument vary by public forum type? The forum topic—public smoking ban—emerged from a hotly contested public policy considered by the Manhattan, Kansas, city commission. Furthermore, the proposed smoking ban received considerable attention in local election campaigns.
Higher Education and the Public: Deliberation as Public Engagement at Kansas State University
The Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy (ICDD) Director and Assistant Director have led a three year project developing the Civic Engagement Fellows program at Kansas State University, inviting cohorts of 10-12 faculty members and academic professionals to experience a four-part curriculum that explored deliberation as a central form of community engagement.
Civil Discourse in a Crisis: Lessons from Katrina
This toolkit serves as an aid and a guide for student groups on campuses to organize and host a public forum aimed at understanding why our civic discourse broke down during the hurricane crisis, and learn how to prevent such breakdowns from occurring again.