We believe that public policy is not the sole responsibility of elected officials and civic leaders; that the most effective policies are the result of engaging the right people, at the right moment, in the right conversation.
Dialogue is the driver
We believe it takes genuine understanding, listening, debating, and consideration to solve complex public challenges; that only through open and honest dialogue can we develop the roadmap to better policy.
Collaboration is essential to implement change
We believe that the best public policy results from diverse interests coming together for the common good.
Information is required
We believe that information, data and evidence is essential to better public policy and that in order to be effective, information must be presented so that all types of users – citizens, civic leaders, and policy makers – can understand it and use it at every juncture of the process.
Politics should not prevent better policy
We believe that politics must not be allowed to stand in the way of better policy; that strategies to engage all stakeholders must be used in order to develop the public consensus needed to overcome political inaction
The capacity to make better policy gets better with practice
We believe that the work of creating wise public policy is a learned skill and that the more we consciously employ high-quality strategies the better equipped we are to meet the challenges of the future.