Last week, the Deliberative Democracy Consortium published an interesting fact sheet that contains  a “sampling of statistics from large-scale

[public deliberation] projects” (impact analysis data):

Deliberation by the Numbers

Who says you can’t quantify public deliberation? It is true that quantitative measurement hasn’t been a strong suit of the field. It is also true that some of the most significant impacts, such as policy changes, are inherently difficult to quantify. But at this point, enough scholarly research and evaluative work has been done that is possible to pull together a concise statistical glimpse of the kinds of things these projects accomplish.

The fact sheet lists six ROI categories:

  • People taking action
  • People learning, and in some cases changing their minds
  • More inclusive, collaborative decision-making – and smarter decisions
  • People enjoy participating
  • A wide variety of people participate
  • Costs of public deliberation

You’ll notice these items fit nicely with the Austrian list I came across recently.

You can download the fact sheet (DOCX), or view the complete list of DDC guides and reports.