Interview a Potential Partner

Option #2: Interview a Potential Partner
Most community action plans can benefit from recruiting partners—individuals or organizations that
might help with the solution to the public health issue. These partners may have money, special
tools or skills, and other resources.
For this option, select one person/stakeholder in your community who might have interest or
expertise in your community action plan. Remember, a stakeholder is a person with an interest or
concern in something. This stakeholder should have a connection to your portfolio topic in your
chosen community as this may help you determine who you can interview. Plan a brief interview
with this person to run your ideas for an action plan to implement in your community by him or her
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as you continue drafting your plan. Do not use this interview to verify that this person thinks the
issue exists in your community. The existence of the issue should already be evident from your
previous research.
Your interviewee could come from the following (don’t be limited by this list):
Government officials (state, regional, local, or federal)
Local health/public health department agent(s)
Non-profits or non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Think broadly. For example, consider
national and local organizations (e.g., men and women’s organizations, schools, governmentfunded services, and volunteer organizations).
Businesses often help fund or implement community projects.
Colleges or universities may have grants, special departments, or clubs/organizations.
Churches or faith-based organizations
Instructions
Before your interview, list 10 questions about the plan you are developing to tackle an issue in
your community. These should be questions that you want to ask the person you have selected
to interview.
Take notes during the interview, in preparation for writing a summary of your conversation.
After the interview, write a 2- to 3-page summary of the interview, not including the title and
reference pages, which are required.
List each question you asked, as well as a short, one-paragraph summary of the response you
got to each question.
The paper must be formatted correctly using APA style. Remember, all research material used in
your paper must be paraphrased and include an in-text citation.
Your paper must be properly cited and formatted according to the CSU Global Writing Center
(http://csuglobal.libguides.com/apacitations) .
This is an individual paper; however, you should reflect on our Discussion Forums and
incorporate ideas from there, as appropriate.
Be sure you utilize your text appropriately as a reference and cite at least one other credible
external reference such as a website or journal article to support your proposed resolution of the
case.
Your external sources can be trade publications
(http://mediacareers.about.com/od/glossary/g/tradepub.htm) , government information, newspaper
articles, or scholarly or peer-reviewed (http://guides.lib.jjay.cuny.edu/content.php?
pid=209679sid=1746812) journal articles. The CSU Global Library is a good place to find these
sources

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