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Iowa Partners in Learning

The Iowa "Partners in Learning" is a volunteer coalition organized to promote public deliberation in Iowa. Several groups and individuals provide support for the Partners. The Partners in Learning is the organizing group for the National Issues Forums, a program of the Kettering Foundation, in the State of Iowa.

The Partners work with local and state groups to name issues, frame issues, and convene and conduct deliberative forums in local communities or multiple communities across the state. The results of the forums are used to inform and motivate citizens and provide a basis for future action.

The Partners have conducted forums on state and national issues, conducted public policy institutes to train forum moderators, conveners, and recorders, and conducted research on the deliberative process for the Kettering Foundation.

The Partners are prepared to train individuals and groups to assist in promoting public deliberation on difficult issues in school districts, communities, and across the state.

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