The PA Project for Civic Engagement offers the following products:

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Strategic Visioning

An array of techniques to help an organization invite and capture the distilled expertise of internal and external stakeholders. Used to inform a new direction or the launch of a program or product.  

Projects of this type:  

  • Philadelphia Zoning Reform Commission, Common Ground Project, 2010-11
  • WHYY Public Media, NewsWorks.org launch, 2010
  • Laurel Hill and West Laurel Hill Cemeteries, 2018
  • Great Expectations: Citizens Agenda for Philadelphia, 2007 city elections
  • A Civic Vision for the Delaware Riverfront, for Penn Praxis, 2006-2007
  • Philadelphia Inquirer, suburban zoning strategy, 2004
  • Charrette on public school design, Franklin Principles project, 2004

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Can We Talk?

A dialogue process to help a diverse group of people hold a productive dialogue across differences of belief, position or partisan allegiance.

 Projects of this type:

  • University of Pennsylvania-Cairn University. dialogues, 2017-18
  • Southeast Delaware County Interfaith Council dialogues, 2018
  • PEN America student dialogue, New York University, 2018
  • Constructive Conversations Initiative, Jewish Community Relations Council of Philadelphia, 2018-19

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The Budget Game

 A novel, gamified format that enables a broad cross-section of the  public to offer useful, actionable input to leaders who face difficult budgetary choices.

 Projects of this type:

  • Tight Times, Tough Choices: City Budget Workshops, 2009
  • Upper Darby School District, 2015
  • Rose Tree Media, 2017

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Community Input

An array of techniques to help an agency, nonprofit or business operating in the public sphere to gain granular qualitative insights into what a given community thinks about its brand, its services or a specific proposal.

Projects of this type:

  • Merriam Theatre Revived, community forums, 2018
  • Bicycle Coalition, community forum on bikes and gentrification, 2018
  • Listening Tour, new Philadelphia School Board, 2018
  • Ready for Next Time?, community forums on Jersey Shore post-Sandy, 2013
  • Smoke Signals, community forum on tobacco ban/taxes for Phila. Health Dept., 2010
  • City that Works, input into a city of Philadelphia 311 system, 2008
  • Kimmel Center Redesign, community forums, 2007
  • Great Expectations, 2007
  • Civic Vision for the Delaware, 2006-07
  • The Franklin Principles, advising Philadelphia school system on new school design, 2004

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Crisis Intervention

Rapid deployment to help a community in the midst of a fast-developing controversy to hold a productive, clarifying conversation among multiple stakeholders.

Project of this type:

  • Unionville-Chadds Ford School District, school mascot controversy, 2018

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The Un-forum

A unique event design that breaks away from the stale panel/Q&A format and allows your audience to a fresher, deeper, more interactive experience. (We also offer versions aimed at fostering a more informative candidate or election forum.)

Projects of this type:

  • Various WHYY events, 2011-2015
  • Philadelphia Strategic Impact Collaborative, workshops, 2016-17

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Election Dialogues

Events designed to help voters name, frame and discuss the issues they would like the election to be about.  Candidate forums where voters get to ask questions that grow out of that voter-driven deliberative process.

Projects of this type:

  • Philadelphia city elections, for WHYY, 2015 
  • Pennsylvania gubernatorial election, for WHYY, 2014 
  • Philadelphia city council elections, for WHYY, 2011 
  • Philadelphia city elections, mayor and council, for the Philadelphia Inquirer, 2007 
  • Pennsylvania gubernatorial election, for the Philadelphia Inquirer, 2004 
  • Philadelphia mayoral election, for the Philadelphia Inquirer, 1999 
  • New Jersey gubernatorial election, for the Philadelphia Inquirer, 1997 
  • Congressional mid-terms, for the Philadelphia Inquirer, 1996 

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