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 is a nonprofit organization that develops educational resources, strategies, and training opportunities to help achieve that vision. Join our free online community of 38,063 people — from over 150 countries — to access hundreds of free resources, educational tools, and videos. Learn about our impact.

Pathways to learning and self-advocacy

At RQI, we build people’s ability to ask better questions and participate in decisions that affect them.

The skill of asking questions can be transformative. It’s a way for people to navigate complex systems and make their voices heard in connection to health care, legal issues, employment, education, government benefits, and numerous other priorities. In classrooms, teaching students to ask questions builds an adaptable lifelong learning skill for critical thinking, problem solving, and contributing to a robust democracy.

When people of all ages learn to ask the right questions, it leads to feeling a new sense of agency, confidence, and power. RQI’s practical methods for teaching people to ask their own questions sharpens their ability to:


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