Carnegie Mellon University

Program for Deliberative Democracy

Department of Philosophy


Unlike campuses, neighborhoods, and cities, regions like Western New York or Southwestern Pennsylvania are more challenging for ‘community conversations.’ Recruiting participants requires various sampling techniques and more funding. However, with proper buy-in from county and municipal executives and managers, these larger scale efforts can help citizens see the area as a whole and so too its problems and potential solutions.

Forum on Good Government (Allegheny County, PA)

A comprehensive initiative to promote public discussion and feedback about municipal services in Allegheny County launched as the biggest-ever opinion-gathering exercise around local government improvement.