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Community Forums Network

The Community Forums Network enhance citizen participation, civic engagement, and citizenship education in government through a network of periodic public forums where people gather in small groups throughout the county to discuss current issues and provide important feedback to county government and other public officials. It uses both face-to-face and web-based services to engage as many people as possible. It is highly scalable and can be used by neighborhoods, cities, counties, and states. The current platform demonstrates a working state-based model. It’s county-based model was recognized by the International Association for Public Participation ( as a finalist for its 2009 Project of the Year Award. A national-based model is being considered for an NCDD Catalyst Award.

For more information, please write to John Spady at

Update: Community Forums Network has been discontinued. View the most recent archive of the tool here.

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A list of projects that have used Community Forums Network: