Constituency Dialogues and Citizen Engagement in Cambodia: Findings from a Mixed Methods Impact Evaluation

A constituency dialogue (CD) caused increases in knowledge of the political process and self-reported engagement in civic and political behaviors among individuals invited to attend a CD. Respondents were significantly more likely to report a personal interest in politics after a CD was conducted in their village. The deliberative session had few detectable effects on individuals’ responses to survey questions about political and civic knowledge, attitudes, reported behavior, or priority issues. Descriptive findings showed that deliberative session participants were more active at the CD than other CD attendees. The facilitator’s gender and the gender composition of the group had few detectable effects on participant responses to survey questions about their knowledge of, attitudes toward, and participation in political and civic life. Both the facilitator’s gender and the group’s gender composition influenced how groups ranked their priority problems. The facilitator’s gender also affected groups’ vote preference for priority solutions. On average, all groups tended to prioritize external solutions (those that required National Assembly action) over internal solutions (those that required citizen action) to resolve their identified problems.