Evaluating the Effectiveness of the CIR
Objective 4. Inspiring Public Officials
In addition, the CIR could change how public officials think and behave in relation to the larger public. If the CIR is having these effects, interviews with public officials and legislative studies should show these findings:
- Government officials should develop more favorable views of the judgments that voters make during initiative elections. Officials should also demonstrate an awareness of the importance of citizen deliberation and come to respect panel judgments.
- As a sign of improved leadership, elected representatives should begin to step away from conventional public opinion on initiatives in anticipation of deliberative panel judgments to the contrary.
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