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Evaluating the Effectiveness of the CIR

Objective 1. Reaching Sound Judgments

One of the most important forms of data for evaluating the CIR will be transcripts of the citizen panelists' deliberation. By looking carefully at how the citizens interact with expert witnesses, pro and con advocates, and each other, we should be able to assess the extent to which they deliberated. Surveys of citizen panelists should provide further insight into their own experiences as deliberators. Using these data, we can determine whether the panels produce the following desirable outcomes:

Objective 2. Producing Influential Information

Objective 3. Transforming Public Attitudes and Habits

Objective 4. Inspiring Public Officials

Objective 5. Altering Strategic Political Choices

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