Experiments involving a certain technique on citizen participation in community planning were conducted in 200 group meetings in a great variety of settings. By means of special voting technology and meeting procedures, the experimental technique allows every participant to make an anonymous coded response to questions posed by the moderator or another participant and to observe instantaneously a tally of how many people voted in each category. The technique permits a rapid appraisal of consensus and controversy; it allows participants to reveal their ignorance, deal with controversial questions without intimidation, and generally make the discussion more responsive to the real interests and needs of the group. In some cases, quantitative procedures are used to rate alternatives against criteria and find group utilities, but mostly these procedures are regarded as an augmentation of normal free discussion and idea formulation rather than a means for commitment to final decision. These techniques are evaluated as a function of type of topic and questions used, the personality and experience of participants, the style of the moderator, and other factors including rapidly increasing capabilities for large-scale community communication, such as those provided by 2-way cable television./AUTHOR/

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: pp 30-43
  • Monograph Title: Application of interactive graphics in citizen participation
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  • Accession Number: 00129956
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309024579
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: May 14 1976 12:00AM