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Research Articles

Vol. 13 No. 4

Democratic Strategies Enhance Engagement and Valued Results

  • Susan Bracken
  • Lisa Grable
  • Margaret O'Brien
  • Pat Sobrero
  • Alice Warren
January 13, 2010


This article discusses the planning, implementation, and evaluation of a deliberative public issues forum held at North Carolina State University in early 2008. The forum itself was a part of a larger university strategic planning process. In spite of tight time constraints, the planning team made a decision to tailor the forum according to principles of deliberative democracy. As a result, the focus was as much on the importance of informed public participation in the university decision-making process as it was on generating tangible action plan outcomes.