The Kettering Foundation, founded in 1927, is a nonprofit research organization that seeks to understand what it takes to make democracy work. The Foundation's research focuses on the perspective of citizens and what people can do directly to influence their communities and nation.
The organization's publication library includes articles and reports, books, occasional papers, and more, which explore the important role of democratic citizenship in policymaking and governance. For example, the Kettering Foundation's annual journal, Connections, focuses each issue on a particular area of research in the organization's portfolio and seeks to strengthen and build trust in the relationship between citizens and institutions.
How to Use
The Kettering Foundation's publication library includes a search feature so that users can find materials that are particularly useful for their needs. A particular area of expertise identifying and framing issues for Dialogue & Deliberation events. This particular highlighted resource, developed by Brad Rourke of the Kettering Foundation, provides a succinct explanation of the major considerations for identifying a topic and for framing an issue when developing materials for a Dialogue & Deliberation program.
Organizers using this guide can see if the topic they are interested in pursuing makes sense in a public Dialogue & Deliberation forum, learn what kinds of information they must gather and research to develop the guide, and readers are provided with various checkpoints to ensure they are on the right track. The guide also includes an appendix with an example of an issue guide. Of particular interest, see:
- Page 3, "Naming and Framing Issues in Public Terms"
- Pages 5-26, "A Way to Do It"