U.S. in the World - Talking Global Issues with Americans: A Practical Guide
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Keeping Current With Public Opinion
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As the U.S. in the World guide stresses, there is a lot that experts on public opinion, communications and messaging agree on�and much that they don�t. Though a great deal of research data are available on public attitudes about international affairs and ways to advance particular arguments, the science of crafting communications and messaging recommendations is inexact. We hope that you will connect with others who share similar interests and goals�challenging your communications choices, talking about them with others, and continuing to track research. The recommended sites below are springboards for learning more:


  • The Aspen Institute�s Global Interdependence Initiative (GII) regularly tracks new public opinion, communications and messaging research related to US foreign policy and global issues. The GII Listserv alerts subscribers to new public opinion, communications and messaging research and facilitates dialogue and debate to help advance communications strategies. The GII is also currently developing a �virtual switchboard� on the Internet to simplify connections among experts and advocates. To join the listserv, send an email to [email protected].

  • The Pew Research Center studies attitudes toward the press, politics and public policy issues, and makes its survey results available free of charge. The Pew Global Attitudes Project features global public opinion about America.

  • The Program on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA) carries out research on public opinion on foreign policy and international issues through nationwide polls, focus groups and comprehensive reviews of polling conducted by other organizations. Public opinion data is archived, indexed and searchable on the PIPA website. To receive notification of new polling data, send an email to [email protected] with "Subscribe" in the subject line.

  • Public Agenda helps American leaders better understand the public's point of view and citizens know more about critical policy issues so they can make thoughtful, informed decisions.

Some of the original research reports consulted for the guide are available through the websites below:

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U.S. in the World has developed a core curriculum for communications trainings to sharpen skills on talking about foreign policy and global issues, along with a set of recommendations for shaping constructive dialogues for groups exploring consensus on mutually reinforcing messages and communications. Flexible in design, the materials are meant to be adapted for a variety of settings and participants' needs. U.S. in the World will also sponsor a series of "train the trainer" events in 2004-2005.

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