Below are frequently asked questions for Community Town Halls.
What is a Community Town Hall?
A Community Town Hall is
a gathering that includes discussion about a public policy topic that
is informed and facilitated using Arizona Town Hall methods, that
culminates in a written consensus statement that is published by Arizona
Town Hall, and contributes to the statewide Town Hall.
Working in partnership with the Arizona Town Hall, each community designs the event to meet its particular needs.
The length depends on
the audience, and affects the quality of the discussion. Ideally the
event lasts at least 3 hours, but it may be as short as 1-1/2 hours or
as long as one or two days.
Community Town Halls may
be held as part of a previously scheduled event, such as a regular
meeting or conference. Late February-October is the prime time for a
Community Town Hall.
Why sponsor a Community Town Hall?
To provide communities and leaders with tools that will help them resolve difficult issues.
To educate community members about, and engage them in tackling important policy issues.
To provide communities a voice that will inform
policymakers and others about the community’s perspectives and to share
the community’s creative ideas.
To empower communities and community members,
through powerful discussion and connections to resources, to become more
effective action agents.
To enable those who cannot attend a three-and-a-half-day statewide Town Hall to share their ideas and recommendations.
How can my organization sponsor a Community Town Hall?
Start by contacting Arizona Town Hall; we can help you design an event that will best meet your community’s needs.*
Your community should determine a date, time,
location, and facility. Many communities minimize costs by obtaining
in-kind donations of facilities and refreshments.
Arizona Town Hall charges approximately $5,000
to support and facilitate a Community Town Hall. The fee varies
depending on the community and the scope of the event; it does not
include the cost of facilities or refreshments.
Arizona Town Hall is actively seeking
philanthropic funding to help support Community Town Halls. Funding also
may be obtained from local governments and businesses or through
registration fees and in-kind donations.
Why does Arizona Town Hall charge a fee and what does it cover?
Arizona Town Hall staff provides operational
guidance and support, training materials, topical background information, discussion questions and either training or trained facilitators.
Arizona Town Hall will assist in finalizing
your consensus report and will publish and publicize it as part of its
annual program addressing the topic. We also may seek to engage
participants in your event in our media campaign.
Arizona Town Hall can provide additional
services and resources including participant registration and related
bookkeeping, press releases, and contacts for in-kind services such as
Arizona Town Hall is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with
limited resources. Our staff and volunteers have special expertise developed over years of
training and practice. Fees cover a portion of the costs of providing
the services described above.