The Democracy Workshop at The George Washington University (GW) conducted a pilot project during October 2008 to assess how knowledge of social security, attitudes about politics, and ideas about the practice of policy
analysis might be influenced by a deliberative democracy experience. Twenty-nine graduate students in GW’s Master of Public Policy program participated in a deliberative democracy exercise on the future of the Social Security
program. Participants completed pre- and post-test questionnaires. This report provides an overview of the pilot
project. The body of the report focuses on key findings and issues for future research. Appendix A is a copy of the codebook for the pre- and post-test questionnaires that provides the text of the questions, variable names, and
numerical codes. Appendix B presents the frequency distributions for each of the items included on the questionnaires.