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Rff Report

By Beierle, Thomas C.

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Title: Rff Report  
Author: Beierle, Thomas C.
Language: English
Subject: Ecology, Natural resource issues, Environemtal protection
Collections: Environmental Awareness Library Collection
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Publisher: United States Environmental Protection Agency


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Excerpt: mission Resources for the Future improves environmental and natural resource policymaking worldwide through objective social science research of the highest caliber. Since 1952, Resources for the Future (RFF) has been providing objective and independent analysis to policymakers, business leaders, environmental advocacy organizations, and the media. Home to a community of scholars dedicated to improving environmental policy and natural resource management through social science research, RFF is recognized around the world for scholarship, balance, and fairness. Current research areas include: electricity markets and deregulation, climate change, forest policy, fisheries management, food safety, cost-benefit analysis of air pollution regulations, biodiversity protection, hazardous waste management, space, urbangrowth policy, renewable energy, and the environmental and natural resource problems of the developing world.

Table of Contents
Contents Executive Summary 8 Chapter One : Introduction 13 Chapter Two : Background 15 The Public Involvement Policy 15 The National Dialogue on Public Involvement in EPA Decisions 16 Evaluation Methodology and Data 19 Chapter Three : Describing the Dialogue 21 Who Participated? 21 Patterns of Posting and Reading Messages 23 Levels of Participation 25 The Roles of “Recruits” and “Volunteers” 29 Chapter Four : Evaluation 30 Satisfaction 30 Introducing New Voices into the Policy Process 32 Hearing from the Experts? 33, Technological Barriers and the Digital Divide 35 Quality of Communication 36 Informed Participation 36, Reciprocity 36, Responsiveness 37, Respect 38, Critical Voices 39, Control over Agenda and Evolution of the Dialogue 40, Constructive Engagement 41, Ease of Participating 41 What Participants got out of the Dialogue 42 Influencing Public Participation Policy and Practice at EPA 42, Education and Learning 44, Networking 44 What EPA Got Out of the Dialogue 45 New Information and Ideas 45, Formal Public Comments 46, Broader Learning at EPA 47, Goodwill 48 Chapter Five : Conclusions and Recommendations 49 Suggestions for Future Dialogues 51 Dialogue Format 51, Software Design 52, Participants’ Behavior 52, Institutional Setting 53, Computer and Internet Access 54 Recommendations 55 Notes 56 Appendix A : A Dialogue Data Summary 58 Appendix B : Survey Results 59 Appendix C : Sample Survey Comments 72


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