Our conversations are hosted on Junto — 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 a project of Equal Citizens made possible by our partners. This program is nonpartisan and briefing information is approved by balanced, bipartisan advisory boards of experts.
A deliberation on the power of juries in the legal system and the arguments for and against changing it.
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.