Legislators need to connect with their constituents. Strong connections help legislators keep a pulse on the district, make better policy decisions, solve constituents’ problems and gain political allies. NCSL and the Kettering Foundation are working together on the Project on the Legislator/Citizen Connection to learn how legislators are engaging citizens in meaningful and deliberative ways, including holding thoughtful and civil discussions of divisive topics, examining the difficulties and trade-offs of all approaches, and identifying common ground and good solutions. Legislators tell us there are barriers to creating more deliberative interactions with citizens, including a legislator’s lack of time, funding, priority, facilitation skills and helpful partners. This project will give them a chance to share ideas on meeting those challenges and creating successful citizen engagement practices.