Deliberative Democratic Research

The approach employed in Denver is called deliberative democratic research and evaluation. It has three guiding principles: (1) inclusion of all major stakeholder views, values, and interests; (2) dialogue among researchers and stakeholders so they understand one another; and (3) deliberation with and by all parties (House & Howe, 1999). This approach encourages the participation of major stakeholders in the study, with stakeholder views tested against other views and the available evidence. The legitimacy of the approach rests on fair, inclusive, and open procedures for deliberation, in which those taking part in discussion are not intimidated or manipulated.

The first principle is inclusion of all relevant major ...

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