The Right Question Institute, Inc.

A Catalyst for Microdemocracy

Cambridge, MA   |  www.rightquestion.org

Mission

The mission of The Right Question Institute (RQI) is to develop simple and powerful educational methods that all people in low and moderate-income communities can use to advocate for themselves, navigate complex systems and participate in decision-making processes that affect them. RQI makes its methods easily available to staffs of organizations, programs and agencies working in low and moderate-income communities all over the country. When they teach RQI's methods to the people with whom they work, they are building new capacity for effective individual action, for strengthening communities and for making democracy work better

Ruling year info

1991

Executive Director

Betsy Smith

Co-Director

Luz Santana

Main address

2464 Massachusetts Avenue Suite 314

Cambridge, MA 02140 USA

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Formerly known as

Right Question Project

EIN

04-3099027

NTEE code info

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

Civil Rights, Social Action, and Advocacy N.E.C. (R99)

Management & Technical Assistance (B02)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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Teaching + Learning (Education)

We learn with and from educators to create free resources and powerful learning experiences so that all learners have access to a fundamental skill for thinking and learning: question formulation. We also support faculty members and researchers at a range of institutions to foster question formulation in their own research and with students inside and outside the classroom.

Population(s) Served
Students
Academics

We supply training and resources to legal professionals who serve low-income clients — fostering stronger partnerships with clients and building their ability to navigate the legal system and advocate for themselves in other settings.

Population(s) Served

We provide free resources and consulting to direct service organizations in low-income communities — sharing a strategy that allows individuals to see the value and urgency in voting.

Population(s) Served
Parents
Families
Low-income people
Parents
Families
Low-income people

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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How we listen

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Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person),

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome,

Financials

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Operations

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The Right Question Institute, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 5/12/2021
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Board chair

Mary Wendell

Macky Buck

David Guberman

Dan Rothstein

Diane Englander

Shonak Patel

Leslie Jimenez

John Campbell

Stephen Quatrano