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This guidebook on issue framing for public deliberation was written by Julie Pratt of the West Virginia Center for Civic Life, with support from the Kettering Foundation.

Issue framing is rooted in the belief that democracy depends upon people making choices together about how to deal with problems in their communities. Framing an issue for public deliberation requires us to examine a problem from many angles. It encourages us to be curious about – and even compassionate toward – ideas that differ from our own, so that our deliberations may help us discover common ground for action. A well-framed issue will be inclusive of differing perspectives and will be framed in public terms that citizens can relate to. This great 22-page workbook takes you through the various components or steps of framing an issue for public deliberation.

This guidebook will take us through the various components or steps of framing an issue for public deliberation.

  • Step 1: Select a frameable issue
  • Step 2: Conduct initial research
  • Step 3: List people’s concerns about the issue
  • Step 4: Group like concerns and identifying choices
  • Step 5: Develop the problem statement
  • Step 6: Write a summary of the framework
  • Step 7: Identify benefits and drawbacks, actions, and trade-offs
  • Step 8: Compose questions for closing the forum
  • Step 9: Develop a post-forum questionnaire
  • Step 10: Test the discussion guide

Resource Link: www.ncdd.org/exchange/files/docs/Pratt-IssueFramingWorkbook.doc

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