Our conversations are hosted on the Stanford Online Deliberation Platform — a video chat platform designed for group discussions and available on phones, tablets, laptops, and desktops.
In small, diverse groups, participants meet and talk with their fellow Americans, learn the facts of an issue and the best arguments from all sides, and share their experiences, concerns, and values. In so doing, they develop more informed opinions.
DELIBERATIONS.US is made possible by our partners. This program is nonpartisan and briefing information is approved by balanced, bipartisan advisory boards of experts.
Data for Democracy
Then we release these anonymized results to the public.
We ask participants to complete short surveys before and after they deliberate.
After enough have participated, we aggregate the results for each topic, looking for statistical trends in how opinions change when Americans deliberate:
Whether they enjoyed the deliberation
Whether they become more informed
Whether their views on the policy proposals changed
Whether their views of each other improved
And whether they found common ground.