TABLE OF CONTENTS
MEET THE AUTHORS
Origins of Our Story
Origins of 2016, 2018, 2019, and 2021 Forums
ABOUT THIS GUIDE
Who is This Guide For?
How Should I Use the Guide?
Why Use a Forum?
Our Story – Why We Used Forums to Address Farm and Farm Family Issues
What is a Forum?
Our Story – About Our Forums
What are the Principles of Successful Forums?
Principle One: Use Adult Learning Recommended Practices
Principle Two: Facts guide thinking, decision-making, and action
Principle Three: Relationships Between and Among People and Our Built and Natural Environments Matter
Principle Four: Solutions are Multi-level, Innovative, and Build on Existing Assets
Principle Five: How Issues are Named and Framed Helps to Engage Community Participation
HOW TO NAME AND FRAME ISSUES
What is “Naming and Framing” and Issue?
Why is “Naming and Framing” So Important?
Our Story – Naming and Framing Issues for Our Forums
HOW TO ENGAGE MULTIPLE PERSPECTIVES
Recruiting Representatives of the Community
HOW TO PLAN A FORUM FOR SUSTAINED ENGAGEMENT
How to Plan a Forum
Agenda of a Forum Using the Principles of a Successful Forum
Planning Team or Committee
Forum Participants—Community Involvement
Members of the Media
Sponsors and Partners
On-Site Face-to-Face vs. Online/Virtual Forums
Our Story —Engaging Others and Creating Our Forum
THE FORUM AGENDA – THE FLOW AND ENGAGEMENT ACTIVITIES
1.Ground the Content of the Issue with Facts and Context
Our Story — Just the Facts and Context, Please
2.Case Studies Connect Participants to Each Other and the Personal Side of Issues
Using Case Studies During the Forum
Our Story — Stories Connect People
3.Moving from Ideas to Actions - Strategic Doing™
Using Strategic Doing™ During the Forum
During the Forum—Strategic Doing™ Activity Steps
Our Story — Strategic Doing in Practice
Our Story — Post-Forum Tales
WHY AND HOW SHOULD WE EVALUATE THE FORUM?
Why Collect Evaluation Data?
How and When Should We Collect Data?
Before the Forum
At the End of the Forum or as Part of the Strategic Doing™ Process
Three months following the forum, administer a survey to gather insight into the actions taken by participants; you can ask for personal actions as well as if anything has changed within their organization/community because of their attendance. Additi...
Harwood (2021) notes that community engagement leads to changes, intended and unintended, that ripple across communities. The change cascades and creates chain reactions and produces unforeseen outcomes. Capturing those outcomes can encourage people t...
Using the data you collect with your evaluation strategy will help to inform the big and little changes that occur. In some cases, your forum will be the beginning of a ripple; you may not ever know how far it goes out in the community, but on-going d...
Our Story — How Knowledge, Confidence and Conditions Began to Change
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE FORUM?
Action and Accountability
Our Story: Keep on Keeping On
Strategic Doing™ Groups
Pre- Forum Considerations
Our Story — The End or a New Beginning
RESOURCES FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
1.Naming and Framing Issues
2.Resources to Engage with Communities
3.Community Issue Forum Examples
4.Resources for Farm and Farm Family Resilience
TOOLS TO USE IN PLANNING AND IMPLEMENTING A FORUM
Tool 1: Situation Analysis and Naming and Framing Worksheet
Tool 2: Engaging Community—Identifying Community Capitals Worksheet
Tool 3: Considerations for In-Person or Online/Virtual Forums
Tool 4: Forum Budget Planning Template
Tool 5: A Planning Timeline and Checklist
Tool 6: Suggested Progression & Agenda Items for Planning Committee Meetings
Tool 7: Preparing for the Forum Day Checklist
Appendix 1: Stakeholder Logic Model for Linking Farm Vitality and Health
Appendix 2: Invitation to Forum Attendees from the Dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the Associate Dean and Director of Cooperative Extension, 2018/2019
Appendix 3: Email Invitation to Forum Participants from Planning Committee 2018/2019
Appendix 4: Letter of Invitation to Forum from Planning Committee - 2021
Appendix 5: One-Month Follow Up Letter to Delaware Participants and Stakeholders - 2018/2019
Appendix 6: Post Forum Letter to all Participants - 2021
Appendix 7: Case Studies 2018/2019 - Linking Farm Vitality and Health Forum
Appendix 8: Case Studies 2021 Could Covid Happen Again? Forum
Appendix 10: Key Informant Interview Question Guide (2018/2019)
Appendix 11: Focus Group Questions (2021)
Appendix 12: Evaluation - Sample Temperature Reading
Appendix 13: Evaluation Questions used for Online/Virtual Forum
Appendix 14: Evaluation - 3-Month Post-Forum Survey (2021)
Appendix 15: Special Supplement to the Delmarva Farmer
Article Written by Attendee and Reporter Carol Kinsley
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