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Grand Challenges in Public Engagement
Wednesday, August 17, 2022, 2:30-3:30 pm Calendar
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Prof. Paul Brown (Public Policy @ UMD) will discuss a proposal submitted to NSF and UMD Grand Challenges.


The project would test whether technology-based deliberative engagement can bridge the vertical gap and build trust and access between individuals and Prince George’s County public health stakeholders. With community partners they aim to design a three step pilot process to: 


1. Discover populations where distrust in public health messages and service delivery is most acute;

2. Discern which deliberative engagement process would be most useful toward closing trust deficits; and,

3. Assess which technology platform most effectively reaches marginalized populations and promotes equitable participation in the deliberative engagement process.


This talk will give a summary of the above proposal and welcome discussion on contributions from computer science.


Paul Brown is Director of the Civic Innovation Center and associate clinical professor at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy, focused on building SPP’s programs in civic innovation and multi-sector collaborative governance.

This talk is organized by Tom Hurst