The Strategy

The Right Question Strategy can help all individuals learn how to ask better questions, participate more effectively in decisions, advocate for themselves, their families, and communities, and hold decision-makers accountable on all levels of democracy. It is made up of two powerful tools:

  • The Question Formulation Technique (QFT)
  • The Framework for Accountable Decision-Making (FADM)

Together, the QFT and the FADM build powerful and foundational skills that are rarely deliberately encouraged.

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The QFT is a simple, yet robust step-by-step process that can help everyone improve their ability to formulate, work with, and use their own questions. The FADM enhances the ability of all people to effectively participate in decisions that affect them. Both methods are used across many different fields, including education, school-family partnership, social services, and voter engagement.

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The Question Formulation Technique in Education

In the classroom, educators around the world in diverse communities, from pre-k through higher education across all subject areas, have found that the QFT is a shortcut to stimulating student curiosity, increasing student engagement, and promoting deeper learning. Research has also found that the QFT significantly increases student curiosity, divergent thinking, and cognitive engagement, can lead to better argumentative writing scores, and that kindergarten students who learn the QFT ask more on-topic questions than students who have not learned the QFT. Learn more about the QFT and see it in action in the classroom.

Research has found that when facilitated with fidelity, the QFT is significantly positively associated with changes in student curiosity.
The QFT has been found to
significantly improve secondary students’ argument writing achievement scores.
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After learning and using the QFT, five times as many kindergarten students asked on-topic questions in comparison to a class that did not learn the QFT.

Across Many Fields
Hundreds of thousands of people across many fields are enthusiastically using RQI’s resources to help individuals develop their own ability to ask better questions and participate more effectively in decisions.

Resources for Teaching + Learning
Facilitate student curiosity and engagement
Resources for Schools + Families
Build effective school-family partnerships
Resources for Voter Engagement
Make it easier to identify decisions that affect us and to see the connections between decisions on different levels that have an impact on us each day
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Microdemocracy communicates a simple vision: effective participation in a democracy can start when people begin to participate in decisions that affect them in their ordinary encounters with public or publicly funded institutions.

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All of our materials are available under a Creative Commons Sharealike license, which means you are welcome to use, adapt, revise, repurpose, and share our materials for noncommercial use.

We encourage you to make use and share these resources in many different ways

  • on your school or district website
  • with your professional networks
  • through professional development
  • at conferences and seminars
  • download then adapt the resources to better align with your initiatives
  • countless other ways!

We just ask that you please reference:

Source: The Right Question Institute – www.rightquestion.org

on all materials you use or adapt that include our educational strategies.

And, if you do use or share the strategies with your colleagues, we would love to hear how it went! Tweet at @RightQuestion or email contact@rightquestion.org for a chance to have your work featured on the RQI website.

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