ChoiceDialogues go beyond polls and focus groups to explore how and why people’s minds change as they learn. These innovative research sessions are designed to engage representative samples of citizens in working through their views on complex issues. Because the participant group begins with a representative sample, participation is by invitation only.
Participants are invited to weigh the pros and cons of various choices, struggle with the necessary trade-offs of each, and come to a considered judgment – all in the course of a single eight-hour day. ChoiceDialogues provide both a basis for anticipating how the broader public will resolve issues once they have the opportunity to come to grips with them and offer insight on how best to lead such a learning process on a larger scale.
Viewpoint Learning conducted an initial series of three daylong ChoiceDialogues in San Diego, Kansas City, and Philadelphia (35-40 participants per session). Two Viewpoint Learning facilitators led each session, and findings are based on quantitative analysis of before and after questionnaires and qualitative analysis of videotapes.
Download the report that came out of these initial research sessions (PDF), or view a video presentation summing up the findings.
Upcoming ChoiceDialogue dates:
April 29 Nashville, Convention center
May 5 Memphis Marriott
May 12 Chattanooga Marriott
Check back soon to read the report from these sessions!
June 9 Portland, ME
June 23 Concord, MA
June 30 Manchester, NH
Find out more about ChoiceDialogues:
About the choices used in Viewpoint Learning's ChoiceDialogues (PDF)
View the Americans Deliberate Our Nation's Finances and Future video (5:40; via link to GoogleVideo)
ChoiceDialogue participants are chosen by random sampling and attendance is by invitation only. For more information about ChoiceDialogues, go to www.viewpointlearning.com or contact Michael Hamill Remaley at email@example.com