No issue exists in a vacuum, so in this step, students examine the factors that contribute to the circumstances surrounding their issue. By looking at laws, regulations, policies, attitudes, and root causes--in addition to the effect of money, politics, and factors unique to the individual issue--students get a deeper understanding of their issue and its interplay with the world. 

This resource was created with support from the National Association of Counties.

Learning Objectives

The student will:

  • Identify factors that affect their issue
  • Find relationships among those factors and see how they affect each other
  • Analyze the factors to understand the context in which their issue exists
  • Determine which factors are more or less susceptible to change

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