As a team, we have set three goals for our engagement project which is a conversation based project involving Oregon farmers and legislators and the subject of cap and trade. In short, our project goals are 1-foster mutual understanding, 2- find a middle ground and 3-result in fair cap and trade legislation. All three of these goals are seemingly subjective however that does not make them unmeasurable.
Fostering a mutual understanding is the first goal that would be achieved because mutual understanding is vital for finding a middle ground, which is vital for creating fair legislation. Summatively, whether or not we have succeeded in this goal will be clear in the next step of the conversation. If the people taking part in the conversation are later able to work together towards a solution, we will know we facilitated a productive conversation in which participants gained respect and understanding of one another’s perspectives.
Finding the middle ground means finding a compromise. This would mean that through negotiation the groups have come to a solution that is agreeable to both of them. There has been some give and take, and each party has given up some things and narrowed down what is non-negotiable. This can likely be measured summatively based on whether the conversation we facilitate results in an agreement. If the issue devolves into an argument there will be none, and we will have failed this goal. However, if an agreement can be reached that means the conversation led to a middle ground in which case we achieved our goal.
“Fair” cap and trade legislation will be defined as legislation which both parties can support, knowing that their voice has been heard and their needs are met as much as possible. This means it is based on the middle ground they hopefully found in our facilitated conversation. This is where the three goals culminate. If this is achieved it serves as a formative assessment for all of them because each goal leads into the next.