Steps in a Typical Deliberative Process
Step 1: Learn
- Participants read a nonpartisan background report on the issue before the event begins.
- Guest speakers share expertise.
Step 2: Consider Options
- Discuss the topic, including ideal outcomes and barriers.
- Consider different approaches and tradeoffs.
Step 3: Choose Solutions
- Draft consensus recommendations.
- Share recommendations.
- Combine similar recommendations.
- Amend recommendations.
- Finalize recommendations
Step 4: Advance Change
A team of volunteers work for 12-18 months after the deliberation to educate people and lawmakers about the event’s recommendations. Activities include presentations, testimony, private sector meetings, online outreach, etc.