Making Democracy Work

Consensus

Guidelines for Building Consensus

Studies are part of League Program and, in League parlance, League Program includes all of the positions the League uses to affect public policy as well as the procedure for adopting these programs.

Program has three parts: 1) selection of an issue, 2) study of that issue, consensus and formulating a position, and 3) use of that position to influence public policy.

The LWV of Hingham has used this process for the Town Meeting Study and is currently evaluating County Government. A members-only Consensus Meeting is scheduled for the end of April.

This LWVUS guide briefly covers an example of a study and the consensus process. The purpose of a study, at any level, is to educate members so that they can be informed participants in consensus and provide the necessary data for formulating the ultimate position.

http://www.lwv.org/content/leaders-guide-education-study-consensus