This report distills the main findings from a series of focus groups, carried out in three different regions of the country. In sum, to build support for rural policies among urban residents, urban residents must first feel a sense of connection with rural areas. This connection needs to be more than fond memories of childhood or vacation. It needs to be based on the perception of mutual well-being, a shared fate. Therefore, advocates should not characterize rural areas or rural problems as separate or isolated. Instead, communications needs to reinforce that rural and urban areas are interdependent—what is good for one is good for all. To the extent possible, rural problems should be discussed within a broader national system indicating causes and consequences.
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Talking Human Services: A FrameWorks MessageMemo
This study details an investigation into how communicators can reframe human services to fundamentally reshape public understanding of the sector’s work.
Framing Two-Generation Approaches To Supporting Families
This strategic resource outlines 10 framing shifts to advance two-generation approaches to updating the systems that support family wellbeing.
Where We Thrive: Communicating about Resident-Centered Neighborhood Revitalization
If you want to build support for place-based initiatives and communicate effectively about neighborhood revitalization—and in the process change the public narrative about the root causes of...