real-world research.

Connecting to Congress is based on rigorous research which proved that deliberative engagement connects constituents and lawmaker in authentic, productive, and mutually rewarding ways.

  • Deliberative events offer lawmakers a chance to reach beyond “the usual suspects”—in fact, they particularly attracted citizens who tend not to follow politics or who have become disenchanted with the system. Furthermore, after participating, these citizens became more likely to vote and take part in political discussions.

  • Participating in these deliberative sessions significantly increased citizens’ trust in government.

  • Participants surveyed four months after the deliberative event were 10% more likely to vote for the representative that engaged with them in this way.