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Oregon’s Kitchen Table creates public consultations to allow Oregonians to weigh in on policy questions posed by elected officials and public managers. Oregon’s Kitchen Table has been used at the state, local and regional levels to gather feedback from a wide variety of Oregonians on a range of topics, including state budgeting priorities, county budgeting, kindergarten readiness, school boundaries, regional economic development priorities, and values and beliefs.

Oregon Citizen Assembly

In summer 2020, Oregon's Kitchen Table convened the state's first Citizen Assembly in partnership with our friends at Healthy Democracy.  40 Oregonians from all walks of life participated in our state’s first virtual Citizen Assembly to weigh in on what could be some of the state’s most important policy considerations in a generation as the state recovers from COVID. They discussed, deliberated, and developed a set of recommendations for Oregon’s COVID recovery that were publiched in late August and provided to decisionmakers. The Assembly models the kind of participatory democracy growing around the globe in recent years. Read more about it here.

View results from past consultations.