Policy Forum

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Definition

Policy forums start by "framing the issue so the public can discuss it, convening the process with diverse stakeholders, and having skilled moderators to manage the tensions and conflict that may arise."

Steps Include:

"First, the issue must be ‘named’ or identified. For example, it is not sufficient for people to say they want to come together to talk about crime. What is it about crime that concerns them - lack of police enforcement? Adults committing crimes? Kids committing crimes?

[Second,] framing an issue lays out a ‘schematic’ that will encourage members of the public to consider and discuss it (Kettering Foundation 2002). The framing involves creating different ‘approaches’ or ‘options’ to resolving the problem or other methods that serve to prompt deliberation. One frequently used method to frame an issue is bringing stakeholders together to explore how they see the problem and what resolutions might need to be considered. However, this is not always possible; Cost, time and scale may impact naming and framing an issue."

From http://www.regional.org.au/au/apen/2006/refereed/1/2918_bonetz.htm

Problems and Purpose

History

Participant Selection

Deliberation, Decisions, and Public Interaction

For an example of a policy forum see: https://www.everyday-democracy.org/sites/default/files/attachments/Stron...

Influence, Outcomes, and Effects

Analysis and Lessons Learned

Secondary Sources

Zelma Bone, Judith Crockett and Sandra Hodge: Deliberation forums: a pathway for public participation. http://www.regional.org.au/au/apen/2006/refereed/1/2918_bonetz.htm

External Links

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