Engaging Communities Through Issues Forums

Using Case Studies During the Forum

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Upon arrival, seat participants at pre-assigned tables. They will start their day in this group of people intentionally created to represent different community capitals sectors.

Prior to the forum, set up breakout groups with six to eight participants in each and ensure diversity of Community Capitals and demographics. Upon arrival, ask individuals to share their name and email with the platform host so attendance can be verified and breakout groups for Case Study activity can be managed prior to breakout session time. When time for the case study, each group should be given a different case study. Tell participants how much time they will have to read and respond to the case study questions within their group. An assigned facilitator or a volunteer note taker will capture key ideas. An assigned facilitator or volunteer will report- out to the larger group. Use a Google Doc to capture notes. When introducing the activity, let participants know they will be working in small groups to address challenges faced by your case study characters. Using the case study stories, participants will share their first impressions and address the reflective questions developed for the case studies. Let the small groups have a few moments to read and react individually then proceed to discuss as a group. Ask each group to be prepared at the end of the time frame for one individual from their group to report a summary of the case study, two of the most pressing issues from their story, and two to three key ideas from each of the questions that they have discussed. If possible, display notes alongside each case study for participants to view during breaks by sharing the Google Doc links. You can send the case studies and notes as part of a follow-up to your forum.

When time for the case study, each group should be given a different case study. Tell participants how much time they will have to read and respond to the case study questions within their group. An assigned facilitator or a volunteer note taker will capture key ideas. An assigned facilitator or volunteer will report-out to the larger group. Use a flip chart to capture notes. When introducing the activity, let participants know they will be working in small groups to address challenges faced by your case study characters. Using the case study stories, participants will share their first impressions and address the reflective questions developed for the case studies. Let the small groups have a few moments to read and react individually, then proceed to discuss as a group. Ask each group to be prepared at the end of the time frame for one individual from their group to report a summary of the case study, two of the most pressing issues from their story, and two to three key ideas from each of the questions that they have discussed. If possible, display notes alongside each case study for participants to view during breaks. You can send the case studies and notes as part of a follow-up to your forum.

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