Engaging Communities Through Issues Forums

Arkansas Public Policy Center — The Public Policy Center exists to provide Arkansans with research-based information and education about public issues. Public issues are defined as pressing and emerging issues that involve multiple points of view and have widespread consequences. Their goals are to do the following:

 Increase citizen knowledge, awareness, and understanding of public issues.  Enhance public participation in decisions regarding public issues.  Help citizens craft, evaluate, and implement alternative solutions to public issues.

More information is available here.

University of Colorado Center for Public Deliberation (CPD) is dedicated to enhancing local democracy through improved public communication and community problem-solving. Their aim is to improve the way our community can talk through complex issues so that we can arrive at better decisions.

Deliberation requires open spaces for citizens to come together, good and fair information to help structure the conversation, and skilled facilitators to guide the process. The CPD provides these three key ingredients to Northern Colorado. Learn more at: https://cpd.colostate.edu/about-us/ or watch a video at: https://vimeo.com/298265934

The Justice Institute of British Columbia provides a Community Disaster Resilience Planning Tool Kit . They believe that building community disaster resilience is an ongoing, year-round process aimed at strengthening a community’s ability to respond to disaster. This site guides you and your community team through the Community Disaster Resilience Planning (CDRP)

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