Professor John Gastil--the nation's leading CIR researcher--has completed his academic assessment of the 2016 Massachusetts Citizens' Initiative Review pilot project and it is now public.
Professor Gastil's findings include that:
-The 2016 Massachusetts CIR panel achieved a high quality of deliberation, which enabled panelists to understand and consider key arguments for and against Question 4.
-The 2016 Massachusetts CIR produced a clear and reliable Citizens’ Statement.
-Voters rated the 2016 Massachusetts CIR Statement as useful and informative.
-Voters shown the 2016 Massachusetts CIR Statement on Question 4 increased their issue knowledge and were eager to share its findings .
To see the full report, head to: https://sites.psu.edu/citizensinitiativereview/files/2016/12/CIR-2016-Massachusetts-Report-1z9k7np.pdf.