RKI develops toolkits or "how-to" guides that lead people through a particular process or provide them with practical suggestions/tips that will make their civic or professional work more effective and enjoyable. Here are a few guides we have used widely:
RKI Facilitators' Working Guide (252 KB, pdf) (1998)
This comprehensive guide contains ideas for people committed to planning and facilitating meetings in a democratic framework. It includes everything from tips for neutral facilitation to specific approaches to group work to evaluation techniques. These ideas apply to many kinds of meetings, including public meetings.
Turn Up the Volume: The Students Speak Toolkit (850 KB, pdf) (2001)
Produced for the Partnership for Kentucky Schools, this comprehensive kit guides school communities in conducting research with students in order to increase the student voice on such issues as school safety, school climate, the curriculum, and their experience of teaching and learning. The Toolkit is based on the experiences of five schools and one school district, and is now in use in a significant number of schools.
Speak Out Lexington Tips for Moderators and Reporters (623 KB, pdf)
This booklet, produced for new moderators and reporters, provides practical tips for running smooth Speak Out Lexington sessions. It contains job descriptions, suggestions for eliciting full participation from the group, and recommendations for site coordination.
RKI Guidebook to Qualitative Research and Dialogue (239 KB, pdf) (1998)
RKI developed this guidebook for use in a course at the Governor's Scholars Program, a summer program for rising high school seniors from throughout Kentucky. Both the guide and the course it accompanied sought to equip students to plan, conduct, and analyze focus groups with their peers on topics related to teaching and learning.