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Research documenting stakeholders most urgent information needs, possible policy alternatives to pressing issues, and education on the expected consequences of different options, is critical for the decision making process related to public policies.
Needs-assessment of public policy issues to be prioritized locally will be conducted through attendance to different types of stakeholder's meetings, and through content analyses of local publications such as newspaper articles, reports, interviews and interest-groups pronouncements on selected issues.
Strengthen multi-state partnerships and professional association collaborations among faculty having responsibilities in public policy education with the goal of increasing relevant PPIE education in the southern region and nationwide.
Major activities completed: --Online exploratory survey of issues, needs and resources at land-grant institutions --Identification of issues of concern to local land grant stakeholders, ranging from traditional commodity stakeholders, to community groups focusing on alternative agriculture.
Key outcomes or accomplishments realized: Change in Knowledge: Results of the online survey increased the awarenes of land grant faculty and administrators of the major issues faced by those involved in public policy education, along with the resources and disciplinary expertise available within the system.
The educational activities locally developed increased the awareness of land grant faculty, administrators, farmers, and citizens interested in organic agriculture, of the issues and barriers limiting the expansion of this field in Puerto Rico.
Non Technical Summary This is a new southern research and extension regional project aimed at providing a framework for the development and coordination of integrated research and education programs on public policy issues.
The Farm Foundation, who for many years facilitated public policy education materials development and delivery at land grant universities, is diversifying its financial and leadership support and has disbanded its National Public Policy Education Committee.