The Right Question Institute offers a combination of training and free resources for legal professionals and others working in legal practice settings to:

  • Foster stronger partnerships with clients and strengthen clients’ sense of agency and voice as they navigate the legal system.
  • Build clients’ capacity to advocate for themselves and their families in all places where decisions are being made that affect them.

About the Right Question Strategy

The Right Question Strategy builds two foundational skills:

  1. The ability to ask better questions
  2. The ability to participate more effectively in decisions

People navigating the legal system can learn the strategy to advocate for themselves, partner with legal professionals, and take action on their own behalf.

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What people say about the Right Question Strategy

“I found ways to help my clients and litigants be better advocates for themselves. They can learn how to ask better questions and gain confidence not only in court but in other areas of their lives.”
— RQI training participant, New York

“[The Right Question Strategy] allows people who don’t usually speak up to find their own voice. They don’t have to depend on me or others to speak for them … they speak for themselves.”
— Faye Kennedy, community educator and advocate, The Center for Collaborative Planning, Sacramento, California

“We can … empower clients not only in our consultations but also in the courtroom, where they often feel powerless. A lot of times clients don’t know they have the ability to ask questions—particularly in the courtroom. These skills will be valuable to give them a voice and to think about ways they can gather much-needed information.”
— RQI training participant, New York

“What I appreciate about the Right Question Institute is its effort to meet people where they are. Equally important is its recognition that no system, no professionals, no individual dealing daily with large numbers of people can meet all their needs without the avid involvement of those whose needs are to be met.”
— Martha Minow, professor, Harvard Law School

Asking questions: The effect of a brief intervention in community health centers on patient activation

Asking questions: The effect of a brief intervention in community health centers on patient activation
This article presents additional results from the study exploring a brief delivery of the RQI-developed patient activation intervention (PAI) in…

Frontline Staff as Social Innovators

Frontline Staff as Social Innovators
Frontline staff people are largely untapped resources as potential social innovators. This article describes how one staff person strengthened the…

Questions, Agency and Democracy

Questions, Agency and Democracy
Sir Isaiah Berlin, quoting the Greek philosopher Archilochus, said that the “fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big…

An Introduction to the Right Question Strategy

This presentation will introduce you to the Right Question Strategy you can use to invest in client’s skills of asking…

Question Formulation Technique (QFT) – Build the Skill of Asking Your Own Questions

Question Formulation Technique (QFT) – Build the Skill of Asking Your Own Questions
Resources that will get you ready to use the QFT with individuals in one-on-one settings to build their skill of asking their own questions

Voice in Decisions Technique (VIDT) – Have a voice in decisions that affect you

Voice in Decisions Technique (VIDT) – Have a voice in decisions that affect you
You can use the Voice in Decisions Technique (VIDT) to help people you work with build the skill of participating…

Video: Voices From the Field

This video — from RQI's earlier years — features voices of people who learned the Right Question Strategy.

[Video] Our Babies’ Health – A Story by Laura Felix

Laura Felix shares her fight for her baby’s health and asks questions about decisions that affect all babies’ health. This…

[Video] One Number Can Count – A Story by Angela Perron

Angela Perron shares how the decisions elected officials make have an impact on services and how voting can make a…

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