The West Virginia. Center for Civic Life is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that helps engage our citizens in community discussions of important public issues that affect our state and nation.
Convening and moderating community dialogues are important steps in supporting an engaged public, but much of the value could be lost unless the insights revealed in the discussions are captured and reported back to the participants, the community, and appropriate organizations and officials.
Reporting on public discussions:
Whereas an opinion survey is a snapshot of people’s thinking at a given point in time, a community dialogue resembles a movie that reveals how people’s thinking takes form as they deliberate. A useful report on public dialogues will:
Example of a forum report on community discussions across West Virginia on economic insecurity: Making Ends Meet
A guide to developing reports on community dialogues: Capturing Public Thinking