Engaging Communities Through Issues Forums

Multiple studies of Extension professionals found that study participants agreed to the importance of public issues education. However, most were not comfortable with moving from a technical education approach to a public issues education approach (Peters, 2002; Public Issues Education Task Force, 2002; Singletary et al., 2004; Gerrior et al., 2009; Gay et al., 2017). This guide should help reduce discomfort, increase confidence, and build capacity to do public issues education using community issues forums . Forums are a technique of engaging community members and organizations in exploration of issues and of actions. Forums are the focus of this guide. Ask yourself:

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