Broadband Planning Workshop Series: Data and Community Engagement

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Not sure what data you need to collect? Wondering how to start engaging community members in your broadband and digital equity planning? Does your community have survey fatigue?

This 4-session series will cover:

  • what data you need for successful local broadband planning,
  • how to focus and prioritize your community engagement,
  • tips, tools, and templates for using surveys, conversations, community forums, and asset mapping to inform your local broadband planning

Each session will have 30-40 minutes of content. The remainder of the hour will be held for Q&A.

To register, click on the button below. You will have the option to individually choose which sessions you’d like to register for, please choose all that you plan to attend.

August 7, 2023, 12:00-1:00 p.m. CST

Session 1: What data do you need for broadband planning?

During this session we will identify data you may have already collected, data that is available through public sources, and data you still need to collect. We will provide you with a data checklist, and links to publicly available data.

August 14, 2023, 12:00-1:00 p.m. CST

Session 2: Prioritize and focus your local broadband community engagement.

During this session we will identify goals for engaging the community in your local broadband planning, as well as relevant tools. We will provide you with a community engagement checklist.

August 21, 2023, 12:00-1:00 p.m. CST

Session 3: Tools to inform local broadband planning, Part 1: Surveys and Conversations

During this session we will explore when to use surveys and conversations as part of your data collection. We will provide you with survey and conversation templates, as well as a list of tips and best practices.

August 28, 2023, 12:00-1:00 p.m. CST

Session 4: Tools to inform local broadband planning, Part 2: Community Forums and Asset Mapping

During this session we will explore when to use community forums and asset mapping as part of your data collection. We will provide you with sample invitations and agendas, as well as a list of tips and best practices.

Our Presenters

Session 1: August 7

Matt Kures is a Distinguished Community Development Specialist with the Division of Extension’s Community Development Institute. Matt works in partnership with Extension’s statewide network of resources to assist communities and organizations in the areas of regional economic analysis, labor force research, socio-economic impact analysis and industry sector competitiveness.

Session 2: August 14

Sarah Schlosser is the Organizational and Leadership Development Program Manager. She works with Extension colleagues across the state to conduct applied research and design locally relevant programs that grow the capacity of leaders and organizations to address complex community issues. Sarah is responsible for overall coordination, support, resourcing and vision for the Organizational and Leadership Development Program.

Session 3: August 21

Barry Hottmann is a Community Development Educator based in Iowa County. He works on designing and conducting educational programs that engage community leaders and citizens with new perspectives, skills, research-based information, and strategies for community betterment.  Barry has advanced numerous programs that have focused on conservation stewardship, water quality, renewable energy, broadband, leadership, recognizing and valuing differences, and strategic planning & thinking. 

Sharon Lezberg has been the Community Development Educator in Dane County since 2014. Over the years, she has worked with local government and community organizations to address issues of climate change, broadband, affordable housing, economic development, food entrepreneurship, and strategic planning.

Sharon assists the Dane County Broadband Task Force with survey coordination, meeting planning, and communications. The work of this committee has helped build the case for the County to dedicate resources towards an engineering study and for a Broadband Coordinator.

Session 4: August 28

Jessica Beckendorf is a Community Development Outreach Specialist with UW-Madison’s Division of Extension. Jessica’s work is currently focused on digital equity, community change networks, and leadership development. She has over 20 years of experience in community development and community change processes.

Josset Gauley is a program development and evaluation specialist in the Office of Program Support Services. Josset supports evaluation and program development for the Positive Youth Development and Community Development Institutes. Josset also collaborates with a team of PSS evaluators on Extension-wide evaluation needs, including efforts to build evaluation capacity among all Extension colleagues.

Equal Employment Opportunity & Affirmative Action Statements

We value inclusion and access for all participants. We are happy to provide accommodations to help you fully participate in this event.

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