The following list has been used by past classes to select which issue and action to focus on:
- Are we interested in this issue? Is the issue important to us?
- Is the issue a real problem in our community or a community we care about?
- Are relevant resources and information available to us?
- Can we finish an important piece of this project within our time limits?
- Is there sufficient evidence to warrant action on this issue?
- Are alternative actions available? What are they?
- Is the action that the group has chosen the most effective one available?
- Are there ecological consequences of this action? If so, what are they?
- Are there legal consequences of this action? If so, what are they?
- Will there be social consequences of this action? If so, what are they?
- Will there be economic consequences of this action? If so, what are they?
- Do the personal values of members of the group support this action?
- Does this action address short or long term causes?
- Does the group understand the beliefs and values of others who are involved in this issue?
- Does the group understand the procedures necessary to take this action?
- Does the group have the skills needed to complete this action?
- Does this group have the courage to take this action?
- What educational benefits will be obtained?
- Will people feel empowered as a result of working on this project?
- Are valuable relationships formed as a result of the project?
(Compiled by MJ Barrett from: Stapp, W., Wals, A.,& Stankorb, S. (1996). Environmental Education for Empowerment: Action Research and Community Problem Solving. Kendall-Hunt and UNESCO, Teaching and Learning for a Sustainable Future www.unesco.org/education/tlsf/)