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Models & Programs

The following models and programs provide a window into Dialogue & Deliberation, a set of methods for engaging community members and policymakers to identify or refine community priorities and support decision making around difficult or complex science and technology topics. These examples are drawn from both within and outside of the science center and museum field.

The Museum of Science, Boston is one of the founding members of the Expert & Citizen Assessment of Science and Technology (ECAST) network and has held a number of public deliberation events on a wide range of topics.

Models of Dialogue & Deliberation

The use of Dialogue & Deliberation is well established in civic engagement and participatory democracy spaces, and many models and frameworks already exist for how to design and implement these types of programs. Additionally, science engagement professionals have developed frameworks for public dialogue aimed at a science engagement context. We have highlighted here a few examples of models and frameworks that science centers and museum professionals can use for inspiration and adapt to their local contexts.

World Wide Views

A global effort to engage the public on pressing issues such as global warming, biodiversity, and climate change and energy, with the goal of informing international and national policymaking.

Everyday Democracy's Resources for Changemakers

A wealth of resources to support the model, "Dialogue to Change," a process focused on building trust and learning about complex issues facing communities.

ECAST Participatory Technology Assessment

A method of determining public values and opinions to inform policy development from Expert & Citizen Assessment of Science and Technology (ECAST).

Engagement Streams Framework

A guide from the National Center for Dialogue & Deliberation that outlines 22 well-known processes for Dialogue & Deliberation.

From Risk to Resiliency

A model for community dialogue programs to address local issues of environmental risk and create actionable recommendations for improving climate resiliency.

Public Engagement with Science Forums

A model for creating conversations among publics and scientists for mutual learning and societal decision-making, developed by the Museum of Science, Boston.

National Issues Forums

A model for Dialogue & Deliberation around difficult public problems, particularly highly-partisan policy issues.

National Co-Ordinating Centre for Public Engagement: Resources

Helpful resources, from evaluation and event reports to tools and frameworks, and across various topics of interest, such as ethics, culture, public-engagement practice, and more.

Examples of Programs and Initiatives

Browse this inspiring set of program examples to learn more about Dialogue & Deliberation in practice at the local, national, and global scale.

World Wide Views

A global effort to engage the public on pressing issues such as global warming, biodiversity, and climate change and energy, with the goal of informing international and national policymaking.

Views, Opinions and Ideas of Citizens in Europe on Science

VOICES was a year-long project funded by the European Union that had the goals of gathering public opinion on the topic of urban waste and providing insight about the process of engaging the public in research agenda design.

Resilience Dialogues

The Office of Science and Technology Policy, in collaboration with Federal agencies and non-governmental organizations, launched the Resilience Dialogues as a public-private partnership committed to bringing community input to the forefront in the development of climate adaptation and resilience strategies.

Platform of Local Authorities and Communicators Engaged in Science

PLACES brought together scientists, policymakers, and community members in the European Union to develop a vision for city-level science policy.

NANO2ALL

NANO2ALL was a program to engage the public in deliberating values and needs in relation to nanotechnology and outline recommended changes to policymakers.

Futurescape City Tours

Futurescape City Tours is a new approach that combines traditional Dialogue & Deliberation techniques with city walking tours to prompt participants to consider the past, present, and future of their city environment, culminating in a deliberative event where participants can share and synthesize their ideas.

Fostering Integration and Transformation for FOOD 2030

FIT4FOOD2030 was a program that brought together community members to learn and share their opinions about European food systems and how they could be transformed to support greater sustainability, resilience, competitiveness, and inclusion.

Public Deliberations on Human Genome Editing

The Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes at Arizona State University is developing an issue guide and hosting a series of large-scale public deliberations on human genome editing.

Deer, Dissension, and Dialogue: A University-Community Collaboration in Public Deliberation

A team of researchers at Michigan State University held a series of public dialogue and deliberation events to address the contentious issue of the local deer population and identify sustainable solutions in collaboration with the community.

Building with Biology Forums

The Building with Biology project explored the societal and ethical implications of synthetic biology research and application through more than 200 public forum events in 2016 at museums, science centers, and universities.

ECAST Participatory Technology Assessment

A method of determining public values and opinions to inform policy development from Expert & Citizen Assessment of Science and Technology (ECAST).

Sciencewise

Sciencewise, a public-engagement program led by UK Research & Innovation, supports government bodies in commissioning public dialogue on various scientific topics and priority areas. This programming develops robust evidence on public perspectives on a variety of topics that can be used to inform policymaking in science and technology.