LWVWI 2017-2018 PROGRAM INFORMATION
To: Local Leagues in Wisconsin
From: LWVWI State Board
Re: State Program Planning for 2017-18
With the election complete (except for the ongoing recount in which many of LWV members are actively participating) we can now focus on program planning for 2017-2018. As we learned at our Annual Meeting in Door County, several local Leagues have been conducting local studies of the impact of poverty in their communities. These local studies are at various stages, and they are focusing on different aspects of the problem. A summary of the studies we know of is attached.
After discussions held with local League representatives over lunch at Issues Briefing last month, the State Board concludes that these local efforts are not quite ready to serve as the basis for a statewide concurrence on a new League position on poverty. This was a possibility we considered, but now find to be premature.
Because of the wide interest in the issue of poverty, we would like for all Leagues to discuss the following questions at your program planning meetings. We would hope to compile your responses and use them as the basis for determining if a statewide study on poverty is appropriate and what its scope would be. Know that if we conduct a statewide study, all local Leagues would be expected to participate.
Although we much prefer that you respond to the online questionnaire, we are providing the following questions so you can discuss them with your League and then copy/paste your answers into the online form.
1. If the League were to conduct a study on poverty on a statewide basis, what should be the focus of the work, e.g., homelessness, health, employment, food security, child or elderly health, etc.?
2. Does your League know of some particularly good resources for such a study?
3. If your League is studying, or has studied, poverty at the local level, what is/was the scope of the study? If you have done advocacy on the issue, what state, national or local positions have you used in your advocacy?
4. Does the League need a state position on poverty, or are other, already existing state and national positions adequate for our advocacy in this area? (State positions are here: http://www.lwvwi.org/IssuesAdvocacy.aspx, with links into the individual positions. National positions are here: http://lwv.org/content/impact-issues-online-edition .)
5. If current state and national positions are not adequate, what additional areas need study and development?
6. If your League believes a state-level position on poverty is needed, what should be the scope of the study and the methodology for developing a new position?
As we do every year, the State Board invites local Leagues to propose state studies to update any state position (not just Poverty). If you propose an update, please include the following information in your proposal: a) The position that you believe needs updating; b) The scope of a statewide study needed to update the position; c) The methodology you would recommend for carrying out the study statewide; d) Whether your League can provide volunteer leadership to carry out the study.
Please respond online at https://goo.gl/forms/f7P4TkShDbxh1so03 by March 1, 2017.