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  • 1. Issue Track Session #2 Issue Research Bonner Summer Leadership Institute June, 2009
  • 2. Issue Research • Background • Lessons Learned ★ Community-Based Research ★ PolicyOptions Issue Briefs • Breakout to discuss... ★ Common issue brief topics ★ Strategies for implementing
  • 3. Engagement Advocacy Students present findings to School Board Forum Organize public forum on school lunch Issue Brief School lunch programs, farm-to-school, obesity Research Evaluate student attitudes toward nutrition Training Workshops for new Board & Staff Summer Manage summer program & plan for Fall Team Help expand to other Schools in District Regular Coach students in School Garden Club 1x Plant School Garden for Orientation Service
  • 4. Engagement Issue Brief School lunch programs, farm-to-school, obesity Research Evaluate student attitudes toward nutrition
  • 5. CBR Questions
  • 6. CBR Questions Plan • Needs & Asset Assessment • Issue Analysis
  • 7. CBR Questions Plan Decide • Needs & Asset • Model Programs Assessment • Policy Options • Issue Analysis • Resources
  • 8. CBR Questions Plan Decide • Needs & Asset • Model Programs Assessment • Policy Options • Issue Analysis • Resources Implement direct service or advocacy
  • 9. CBR Questions Plan Decide • Needs & Asset • Model Programs Assessment • Policy Options • Issue Analysis • Resources Evaluate Implement • Program Evaluation direct service • On-Going Data or advocacy Collection
  • 10. Issue Brief Questions? • What is the nature & extent of the problem? • What’s been tried in the past to address it? • What’s being done now? • What are the distinctly different approaches to addressing this issue?
  • 11. PolicyOption Template • Goal Statement • Scope of the Problem • Past Policy • Current Policy • Policy Options / Program Models • Key Organizations, Programs & People • Glossary of Terms • Bibliography
  • 12. “Wikipedia for PolicyOptions”
  • 13. Pilot Campuses Washington & Lee University • Poverty Study (90 page) requested by County Manager • Public forum (80 participants) • Working groups & PolicyOptions Issue Briefs ★ Transportation ★ Health ★ Housing & Water Systems ★ Education ★ Legal Needs of the Poor ★ Economic Development
  • 14. Pilot Campuses Hamilton College • Government 202: Immigrants and Refugees in the U.S. • Interviews • PolicyOptions Issue Briefs ★ Refugee Resettlement - USA ★ Refugee Resettlement - New York ★ Refugee Resettlement - Utica, NY
  • 15. Pilot Campuses Lynchburg College • GS 220 – Exploring Social Entrepreneurship • PolicyOptions Issue Briefs ★ Mental Health Parity  ★ Early Childhood Education ★ Hate Crimes ★ Homelessness  ★ Refugee Resettlement ★ Rural Homelessness ★ Teenage Pregnancy Prevention
  • 16. Pilot Campuses Washburn College • HS302 Social Change and Advocacy • PolicyOptions Issue Briefs ★ Academic Literacy - Middle and High School ★ Access to Health Services for ALS Patients ★ Access to Higher Education for Non- Traditional Age Students ★ Bullying Policy In Public Schools ★ Domestic Violence Offender Intervention ★ Healthcare Access for Non-Traditional Couples ★ Health Outreach to African Americans ★ Recycling
  • 17. PolicyOptions Lessons • Recruit community partners with specific issue brief-oriented question(s) • Frame topic to fit “options” focus • Use PolicyOptions wiki from outset • Break research process into steps, beginning with key organizations & individuals • Provide weekly feedback to students based on information added to wiki
  • 18. Online Issue Forum
  • 19. Resources
  • 20. Policy Information Hub PolicyOptions.org ★ local policy news & analysis ★ national network of campus bureaus
  • 21. Breakout • Breakout to discuss... ★ Issue brief topics ★ Strategies for engaging faculty & community partners
  • 22. Breakout
  • 23. Breakout
  • 24. Report Out • List issue brief topics ★ Identify common/overlapping topics • Share & discuss strategies for engaging faculty and community partners