The Chiesman Center’s Policy Analysis & Civic Engagement (PACE) component offers independent program evaluation, research and strategic planning for organizations and governmental entities. Services also include facilitation of non-partisan forums for the thoughtful discussion of public policy issues in search of strategies and solutions. It is a project that brings citizens together to discuss and deliberate through active dialogue on public policy issues in order to make more informed decisions and to promote civic leadership for implementing and sustaining the public will.
PACE provides strategic planning and leadership development services for non-profit organizations and local governmental entities in order to ensure a clear understanding of necessary actions and targeted use of limited resources.
PACE acts as a third-party moderator, allowing multiple opposing viewpoints to be heard while working towards the creation of shared goals and/or understanding.
PACE also performs public polling and analyses of public policies and issues. Reports from these polls contribute to a richer discussion of an issue so that citizens can come to common ground for a possible solution or direction for action.
PACE provides workshops to help citizens become moderators, conveners, recorders, and reporters of community discussions using a deliberative dialogue forum format. The forums provide a way for people of diverse views and experiences to seek a shared understanding of a problem and to search for common ground for action.
PACE forum workshops help individuals interested in:
PACE public forums provide:
Special Projects Director
Robin EH. Bagley
Civic Education Director