Convening a Minipublic During a Pandemic: A Case Study of the Oregon Citizens’ Assembly Pilot on COVID-19 Recovery

John Gastil, Chris Anderson, Laura Black, Stephanie Burkhalter, Soo Hye Han, Justin Reedy, Robert Richards, John Rountree

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Abstract

From July–August, 2020, the nonprofit organization Healthy Democracy convened a seven-week pilot test of an online Citizen Assembly on the state of Oregon’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This pilot project presented a unique research opportunity, because its organizers had ten years of experience running the Citizens’ Initiative Review, a face-to-face minipublic authorized by the State of Oregon to write voting guides for the wider electorate on ballot measures. This case study compares survey data from the Citizen Assembly pilot with the prior Citizens’ Initiative Reviews and provides analysis and recommendations that could improve the design and execution of future online assemblies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number13
JournalDigital Government: Research and Practice
Volume3
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 28 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Information Systems
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Public Administration

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