Evaluating the Effectiveness of the CIR
Objective 5. Altering Strategic Political Choices
Field research on campaign organizations could provide a fifth and final form of data useful to assessing the effectiveness of the CIR. In the long-term, the CIR could alter the strategic choices made by political professionals during initiative campaigns in the following ways:
- Panels will have succeeded in transforming the electoral environment if initiative campaigns begin to focus more of their energy on addressing the issues raised by panels (e.g., holding debates focused on panel issues) and incorporating CIR results into campaign advertising.
- A more far-reaching effect of the panels could be the emergence of routine pilot-testing potential initiatives with low-cost varieties of “deliberative polling,” trying to understand how the public will view the initiative after deliberating. If initiatives that fail to pass muster in such trial runs are subsequently withdrawn, this will indicate that anticipation of the CIR process is causing more careful vetting of issues to be put before the electorate.
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