This project site brings together research, blog posts, and relevant links and writing on the Citizens’ Initiative Review (CIR) process. This unique method of citizen deliberation was first implemented by statute in the State of Oregon in 2009.

Every even-numbered year, the Oregon CIR Commission convenes a panel of 20 randomly selected citizens to deliberate on a ballot measure. Panel members spend three to five days hearing from expert witnesses, meeting in small groups, and weighing rival claims about a proposed policy. Then the panel members write a Citizens’ Statement that appears in the official voters’ pamphlet distributed by the Oregon Secretary of State to every registered voter. Because Oregon is a vote-by-mail state, this means that each voter receives a ballot along with guidance from the Citizen’s Initiative Review at roughly the same time.

For a quick summary of our research on the CIR, visit my Scholars Strategy Network policy brief.

For a podcast interview on it, check out this episode of the No Jargon podcast, which translates academic research into plain English.

Our ongoing research on this process has been funded by the National Science Foundation (2010 and 2014), the Democracy Fund (2015), and the Kettering Foundation (2012).

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