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Outreach and Dissemination of Outcomes and Impact

A core competency for organizers to develop and execute is continued engagement with participants, including sharing results, outcomes, and updates, following the Dialogue & Deliberation session. Information shared might include findings from the discussions, areas of common ground, community-developed solutions and priorities, and next steps for developing programs on those priorities. Continued engagement could include sharing qualitative data, such as comparing notes across discussion rooms for common themes and summarizing these accordingly. In some cases, such as in larger Dialogue & Deliberation events like World Wide Views, quantitative data on perspectives could be collected, synthesized, and reported back to meeting participants.

In selecting, framing, and presenting information about the outcomes and impact of a Dialogue & Deliberation event to share, organizers should have a strong understanding of how event participants are best able to receive, process, and take action on that information. Consideration should be given to the utility of text-heavy documents vs. media (i.e., graphics, audio, or video); any devices that are likely to be used to review written or visual materials; and the existing communications channels already used by community members, such as websites, email, social media, mailings, flyer distribution, event tabling, etc.  

To build continued trust, event organizers should have the capacity to support community participants, stakeholders, and partners with following up on the proposed solutions and priorities. As relationships with community partners deepen, and trust continues to build, continued engagement with the community—on both similar and new topics—may become more possible. In particular, opportunities for additional engagement with stakeholders or policymakers (and with the public in general) may present themselves.

Key Resources

These resources offer additional guidance and tools to support event organizers in sharing results, outcomes, and updates following a Dialogue & Deliberation session.

The Scorecard lets the public provide input on different kinds of meetings, processes, town halls, festivals, and online activities. It also allows users to provide feedback about their community’s strengths and areas for improvement overall. View Resource.

This guide is aimed at helping staff at informal science education organizations develop, implement, and evaluate activities incorporating public dialogue and mutual learning strategies. See Chapter 6, “Disseminating Public Engagement Outcomes,” for several ideas for sharing outcomes, organized by audience subtype. View resource.

This toolkit outlines engagement strategies and tools to help you get people interacting in ways that help them learn, share, resolve conflicts, make decisions, and plan actions. View Resource.

For each World Wide Views global “citizen consultation,” the detailed results from participants’ final votes on the deliberated questions are posted on a website. Users can compare data across countries and regions.  View resource.

This guide is intended to provide a foundation for leading and supporting your efforts to translate your knowledge of in-person discussions to the virtual world, whether you are a seasoned facilitator or getting ready to moderate your first online discussion. View Resource.