Needs Assessment for NCDD 2004

Please complete this survey if you are interested in attending the 2004 National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation. Your responses will help us design an unforgettable, worthwhile event.

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How many years have you been involved in dialogue and/or deliberation?

Did you attend the 2002 NCDD Conference?

Yes   No

Are you or is your organization a member of NCDD?

Yes    No    I'm not sure

If you were to attend the 2004 conference, how important would the following activities be to you?

(Rate the following items from 1 to 5, 5 being very important, 1 being not important at all.)

Experiential dialogue or deliberation sessions (trying out a model).

1 2 3 4 5

Movement-building sessions (where do we go from here as a community?)

1 2 3 4 5

Open networking opportunities (meeting your colleagues throughout the dialogue & deliberation community)

1 2 3 4 5

Focused networking opportunities (meeting others whose work/interests are similar to yours, or who are located in your region)

1 2 3 4 5

Opportunities to share my own work/learnings/techniques with other dialogue & deliberation leaders

1 2 3 4 5

Sessions focused on the latest research

1 2 3 4 5

Sessions focused on best practices

1 2 3 4 5

Sessions focused on key issues in the field (funding issues, moving from talk to action, assessing our work, etc.)

1 2 3 4 5

Sessions focused on innovations that are new to most D&D practitioners (online dialogue & deliberation, integrating D&D with the arts, dialogue mapping, etc.)

1 2 3 4 5

Skill-building workshops

1 2 3 4 5

Speeches or presentations by key leaders in the field

1 2 3 4 5

Open Space (unplanned time at the conference during which anyone can propose new topics and sessions, and participants can attend whatever interests them)

1 2 3 4 5

To help us understand your priorities, please indicate which of the following is more important to you:

Learning about numerous dialogic and deliberative processes. OR
Directly and intensely experiencing a few key dialogic and deliberative processes.

Increasing my skills and confidence in facilitating/organizing D&D processes. OR
Increasing my knowledge about D&D methodologies, research and innovations.

Leaving the conference with a sense of being part of a growing, supportive community. OR
Leaving the conference knowing that shared knowledge and intention was created about where the dialogue & deliberation community is and should be heading.

In your opinion, how could the 2004 NCDD conference best support the growing dialogue & deliberation community?

Would you be interested in attending an intensive pre- or post-conference training session (for an additional charge) that would help you to increase your skills facilitating or organizing D&D?

Yes    No   I'm not sure

If you answered “yes” or “maybe” to the previous question, what particular models/organizations/techniques you would be most interested in receiving training from/in?

In order to keep the registration fees as low as possible and to be able to cover costs and provide scholarships for those who otherwise would not be able to attend, we plan to be creative with fundraising. Which of the following do you think you or your organization might be interested in?

Co-sponsoring the conference (contributing $5,000 or more).
Becoming an official Partner of the conference (donating $1000 or more).
Making a smaller donation to the conference.
Making an in-kind donation of needed materials or services.
Purchasing an ad in the conference handbook.
Paying a small fee for exhibit space.
Designing and facilitating a pre-conference training at reduced cost (NCDD would collect participants’ fees).
Purchasing products (T-shirts, tote bags, etc.) that feature dialogue & deliberation sayings.
Donating items for a silent auction.
Participating (bidding) in a silent auction of such items as books, trainings, videos, T-shirts, etc.
Selling items (books, videos, etc.) at the conference and giving a percentage of sales to NCDD.

NCDD can have the run of the Regis University campus for four days total - Saturday, October 23 through Tuesday, October 26. Please let us know how the following schedules would affect your ability and desire to attend the conference. Specifically, we are concerned about the days of the week and the length of the event.

Note: Based on the initial respondents to this survey and the need to move forward with the conference planning, we have chosen to hold the conference October 23rd through the 25th, followed by a day of post conference training on the 26th.

If you are interested in attending the conference, presenting at the conference, helping to organize it or contributing to it in any way, please provide the following contact information and let us know what you are interested in doing. (Leave this blank if you’ve already let us know.)




I am interested in…

attending the conference
serving on the planning team for the conference
presenting a workshop or session at the conference
designing and facilitating a pre- or post-conference training

Please share any additional comments, suggestions or ideas you have for the conference below.

You will have the opportunity to SUBMIT your responses on the next page.

Thank you so much for completing this survey. We look forward to seeing you in Denver!

- The Planning Team for the 2004 National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation


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