The Right Question Institute works to build a more just and equitable democracy. We strengthen people’s ability to ask questions and participate in decisions that affect them. When people of all ages learn to ask the right questions, it leads to feeling a new sense of agency, confidence, and power.

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Teaching Students to Ask Their Own Questions

The Question Formulation Technique, created by the Right Question Institute, is a simple yet powerful strategy to teach students how to formulate their own questions.

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Questioning, Advocating, and Participating

Using the Right Question Strategy, people learn skills to engage, advocate, and navigate in systems where decisions that affect them are made.

Pathways to deeper learning and self-advocacy

The Right Question Institute works to build a vibrant democracy where all people — even those furthest from power — can make their voices heard, participate in decisions, and advocate for themselves, their families, and their communities. RQI’s practical methods for teaching people to formulate their own questions and participate more effectively in decisions sharpens their ability to:

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RQI supports frontline workers across many fields to advance the voices of communities and individuals they serve. Find more information about our work in:



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