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Guest Post: The Oregon Citizens Initiative Review

By Peter Levine / 2013 July 10th

(This is the sixth in a series of blog posts by CIRCLE, which evaluated several initiatives funded by the Democracy Fund to inform and engage voters during the 2012 election. These posts discuss issues of general interest that emerged from specific evaluations.)

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Guest Post: How to Reach a Large Scale with High-Quality Messages

By Peter Levine / 2013 June 19th

This is the third in a series of blog posts by CIRCLE, which evaluated several initiatives funded by the Democracy Fund to inform and engage voters during the 2012 election. These posts discuss issues of general interest that emerged from specific evaluations.

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Guest Post: Learning from the Democracy Fund’s Early Grants

By Peter Levine / 2013 June 5th

Last year, the Democracy Fund made a series of inaugural grants during the 2012 election that experimented with different approaches to informing voters, exposing them to alternative points of view, and reducing the influence of deceptive political communications. CIRCLE (the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning & Engagement at Tufts University), was asked to evaluate these projects in order to learn more about their reach and influence.

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Our Approach to supporting an Informed Electorate

By Tom Glaisyer / 2013 March 22nd

In this post I’d like to talk about some of the initial grants we have made towards creating a more informed electorate, a number of which also support our other objectives.

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Guest Post: The Oregon Citizens’ Initiative Review

By John Gastil / 2013 February 26th

The State of Oregon has created a voter resrouce for ballot initiatives called the Citizens Initiative Review (CIR), which convenes a group of average citizens together to evaluate ballot measures and share their recommendations with the voting public.

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Welcome to the Democracy Fund

By Joe Goldman / 2012 December 17th

Thanks for visiting the new web site of the Democracy Fund. We’re excited to have this space to share the work of our new initiatives.