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Guest Post: Creating Community Solutions, part of the National Dialogue on Mental Health

By Carolyn Lukensmeyer / 2013 August 9th

Dr. Carolyn Lukensmeyer discusses new efforts in California and New Mexico to expand the conversation on Mental Health using small-group discussions, large forums, online conversations and large-scale events. Read More

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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.) Read More

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Guest Post: Educating the Public When People Don’t Trust Each Other

By Peter Levine / 2013 June 27th

This is the fifth 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. Read More

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Of Post-Election Audits and Plaudits

By Adam Ambrogi / 2013 June 25th

Provisinal ballots are an important piece of the election process and many races come down to tallying these votes after election day. That said, it is important to underand the potential drawbacks and how the use of these ballots can slow down the process, as occured in Philidelhpia during the 2012 Presidential Election. Read More

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Guest Post: Tell it Straight? The Advantages and Dangers of Parody

By Peter Levine / 2013 June 24th

This is the fourth 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. Read More

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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. Read More

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Guest Post: Supporting a Beleaguered News Industry

By Peter Levine / 2013 June 17th

This is the second 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. Read More

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Guest Post: Educating Voters in a Time of Political Polarization

By Peter Levine / 2013 June 13th

This is the first 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. Our posts discuss issues of general interest that emerged from the specific evaluations. Read More

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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. Read More

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Reflections from a Stormy Election Day in Ohio

By Adam Ambrogi / 2013 June 5th

Adam Ambrogi's reflection on election administration and observations during the 2004 Presidential election. Read More

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