Local governments – counties, cities, and "special districts" such as school districts – provide many of the services that we use on a daily basis, from schools and police protection to the water in our faucets and the collection of our trash. Californians expect local governments to produce high-quality services, as cost-effectively as possible. Read More
Partner Profile: Center for Deliberative Democracy
The Center for Deliberative Democracy (CDD), housed in the Department of Communication at Stanford University, is devoted to research about democracy and public opinion obtained through Deliberative Polling®. The Whats Next California statewide Deliberative Poll (DP) will put the whole state, effectively in one room under conditions where it could consider the merits of proposals in small group discussions and with plenary sessions in which competing experts and policy makers could respond to questions from the people. Like most other DPs it will have television and web components organized by media partners. A systematic survey of a scientific sample, both on first contact and after deliberation would reveal the proposals the public would accept under good conditions—and why.