Education in the Face of Controversy: When Water and Politics Mix
Is public education possible in an environment of extreme controversy? This article relates the experience of a team of Extension and Experiment Station faculty involved in publishing a report related to a water conflict in Oregon and California. We outline the steps we took and key contributors to success, while suggesting improvements in the process. We highlight the importance of the following: (1) accuracy and quality, (2) processes to ensure balance, (3) public input, (4) participation by communications professionals, (5) careful planning for publication release, and (6) efforts to manage relations with interest groups.
Welch, T., & Braunworth, W. S. (2010). Education in the Face of Controversy: When Water and Politics Mix. The Journal of Extension, 48(3), Article 1. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol48/iss3/1