The Deliberative Democracy Consortium

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Deliberative Democracy Fact Sheet

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The Deliberative Democracy Consortium (DDC) is a network of practitioners and researchers representing more than 30 organizations and universities, collaborating to strengthen the field of deliberative democracy.

The Consortium seeks to support research activities and to advance practice at all levels of government, in North America and around the world.

Founded in 2002 by leading organizations in the field of deliberative democracy.

Initial funding provided by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

DDC Workgroups:

  • Knowledge-Building
  • Online
  • FedNet (federal officials)
  • Democratic Governance


  • Help public leaders find the examples and resources they need to engage citizens.
  • Integrate research and practice in the field.
  • Integrate online and face-to-face approaches
  • Articulate how democracy is changing.
  • Help to build a permanent infrastructure for deliberative democracy.

The hub of a rapidly growing field

Affiliates such as: ...have achieved ...on issues like: ...resulting in:


The Center for Deliberative Polling


Danish Board of Technology

Information Renaissance

Kettering Foundation

National Civic League


Study Circles Resource Center

Hundreds of public involvement projects that have engaged hundreds of thousands of people in dialogue, deliberation, and problem-solving. Participants include large numbers of people who are often considered 'hard to reach,' including young people, recent immigrants, and low-income people.

Economic development




Public finance

Racism and race relations

Planning and growth

Neighborhood revitalization

Youth issues

Environmental protection

Greater individual volunteerism

Small-group action efforts

Effects on indicators like school test scores, crime rates

Changes made by organizations

Changes in government budgets

Changes in public policy at the local, state, and federal levels

Since its inception, the Consortium has:

Developed new tools Assembled new networks Assisted federal agencies
The DDC has helped produce:

The Deliberative Democracy Handbook

The Journal of Public Deliberation

The Deliberation Measurement Toolbox

Mapping the Field of Deliberative Democracy (forthcoming)

The Deliberative Agency: Opportunities to Deepen Public Participation

The DDC has convened:
  • FedNet (a knowledge-sharing network of federal managers)
  • The Researcher-Practitioner Network of the DDC
...and forged a strong working partnership with:
  • LogoLink, a global network of practitioners from civil society organizations, research institutions and governments
The DDC has provided pro bono advice and assistance to federal agencies in the US and Canada, including:
  • Centers for Disease Control
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • National Nanotechnology Coordinating Office
  • National Vaccine Advisory Committee