NewDemocracy is an independent, non-partisan research and development organisation, aiming to discover, develop, demonstrate, and popularise complementary alternatives which will restore trust in public decision making. They conduct real world trials using random selection and deliberation – the jury model – as a central process. Using an action research approach: advances are made through practical trials, and here you can see each of them.

The newDemocracy Foundation (nDF) funds research which contributes to active democratic innovation. It is calling for proposals from individuals and research institutions to undertake innovative research on deliberative forms of citizen engagement.

nDF’s most direct interest is in expanding knowledge in the field of deliberative democracy. Our focus is on identifying democratic models, which are more representative, less adversarial and quantifiably improve trust in public decisions.

nDF operates practical trial projects on active political issues. This library of projects is available to researchers to draw upon. It is our hope that our unique ability to design, fund and operate multi-month real-world test scenarios is of interest to an academic community that may not have the capacity or resourcing to undertake this independently. Applicants are encouraged to freely draw upon access to people and documents related to nDF projects.

nDF supports research on the use, effectiveness and impact of democratic innovations that involve representativeness, deliberation and influence. nDF also welcomes research that examines broader aspects of democratic renewal, including the interrelationships between different kinds of deliberative activities and institutions.