Over the course of three days together on October 9-11, 2014, at the Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa in Tucson, Arizona, National Institute for Civil Discourse (NICD) staff convened scholars from multiple disciplines and institutions across the country to consider the current state of incivility and political dysfunction in America today and to begin to discover areas of cutting-edge research that can ultimately lead to breakthroughs for practice. This has become known as the first NICD Research Convening.
Participants made significant progress on each of our three goals, including laying the groundwork for a Research Coordinating Network (RCN) grant from the National Science Foundation and beginning to build creative collaborations beyond the scope of the RCN that we will seek funding for. Most importantly, as one participant remarked, we “gave birth” to a national network of outstanding scholars that together we have committed to expanding and sustaining.
NICD was founded with the express intent of integrating research and practice. Each of our programs, whether with elected officials, the media, and/or the public, is informed by our research. By feeding scholarly research into the worlds of policy and practice more broadly, we are committed to promoting the transformation of scholarly findings into effective interventions that improve the quality of American democracy.