As of March 31, there have been more than 250 in-person and online forums on Making Ends Meet and Health Care Costs.
Those numbers are, quite simply, amazing— proof that the NIF network is vibrant and ready to engage on timely issues!
These individual forums are impressive on their own, but we know that part of the impetus for participating in NIF is the chance to contribute to a larger national conversation. Kettering has been analyzing forum transcripts, moderator responses, participant questionnaires and online forum data as it’s come in, and we’re now ready to offer some early insights into the national thinking on these two issues.
We’ll be doing this reporting to policymakers in Washington DC at the National Press Club, Thursday, May 5 from 10 am – 12:30 pm EDT— and we’d like you to join us!
We’ll be livestreaming the entire event so you can hear us, and we want to hear from you! We’ll be live-Tweeting the entire meeting, and we want you to add to the conversation— to let us know if the themes we heard were present in your forum, if there was anything unique that needs to be added, and any questions you might have for elected officials!
So, how can you join in?
- Host a viewing party
- Did you convene one of the 200+ forums we’ll be reporting on? This is a great way to reconnect with the participants and let them see how their voice is part of the larger conversation! Invite some people to watch together and let us know what you think via social media— we’ll be taking questions and comments from both Facebook and Twitter throughout and feeding them to the moderator.
- Viewing parties aren’t just for forum participants either! Are there local elected officials who might be interested in seeing the results of this nationwide conversation? Leaders from other local universities, civic groups, or nonprofits? Use the A Public Voice viewing party as a platform to start a conversation about sparking and listening to the public voice in your own community!
- Share the livestreaming link with your networks!
- Can’t host a viewing party, but still want to give your forum participants the chance to see how their voice is making it to Washington? Share the livestreaming link with participants and encourage them to watch and give us their feedback May 5!
Here’s the link where the livestream will be live on May 5: https://scontent.webcaster4.com/web/apv2016
And here’s where the conversation will be happening:
Thanks, and if you have any questions about the livestream, please feel free to email Amy Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org!