Problem Identification: Policy Values Framing

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Highest Quality Rating (3 points)

Presenters make an explicit, stated connection between policy proposal and a set of values or arguments that are intended to resonate with the audience.

 Written Example: Students presenting at a higher education conference that focuses on college completion propose a policy for creating a more affordable college tuition program in their state system. To frame their proposal, they appeal to audience members’ belief that the state economy will be stronger with more college graduates. Or, for a student team speaking to their School Board about improving advising for immigrant and refugee students, the presenters appeal to audience members belief that education is a human right and that all students deserve a chance to succeed.

 Video Example; In addressing gentrification, the presenters propose a cross-community partnership that can lead to school-supported youth block captain teams. These teams will be responsible for informing communities about issues happening and resources available in their community. The students are presenting to an audience of community members that are impacted directly or indirectly by gentrification. Therefore youth, frame their policy proposal as supporting and protecting a shared community.

Higher Quality Rating (2 points)

Presenters do not make an explicit connection between the policy proposal and a set of values that are meant to resonate with the audience.

Example: Students articulate in their proposal the need for anti-bullying classes in their school, but do not appeal to the audience members’ beliefs that a safe school environment should be available for all students.   

Lower Quality Rating (1 points)

No policy proposal is offered.

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