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All UR Action programs bring together Americans across divides to 1) engage in constructive dialogue, 2) deepen understanding of societal challenges,  and 3) take action to address those challenges

1. ABCs for Constructive Dialogue


Purpose: Achieve a shared understanding of different views while building connection 

2. Problem Tree Analysis


Purpose: Deepen understanding of causes and effects of complex societal challenges

3. Project Design


Purpose: Align on a clear plan for effecting change through joint action

1. The ABCs for Constructive Dialogue

When we view dialogue across difference as a competition, we tend to engage unconstructively, fueling frustration and damaging relationships.


When we view dialogue across difference as a collaboration opportunity, we engage more constructively, contributing to deeper understanding of different views and stronger relationships.


The ABCs help us deepen understanding and relationships across ideological divides through key skills: 

1. Asking about their view and listening attentively
2. Breaking down our view
3. Checking our understanding of their view

2. Problem Tree Analysis

We create Problem Trees to help us analyze complex societal problems across systems and identify opportunities to effect positive change.

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1. Define the problem.

One core statement.


2. Map out effects of the problem.

Consider economic, political, social, and environmental effects.


3. Map out causes of the problem.

Consider economic, political, social, and environmental causes.


4. Map out available resources that can be harnessed to address a problem cause. Consider the strengths of your team and who is working on similar challenges.


5. Identify a single cause to focus on. Consider causes that contribute significantly to the status quo and that can be addressed through team strengths and available resources.

3. Project Design


Theory of Change

Participants in our programs develop a Theory of Change that describes how and why their projects will address a problem to achieve improved outcomes.



Participants identify ~4-8 activities their project team will carry out to achieve your project goal.


Measure of Success

Teams develop indicators they can use to assess whether they have achieved your goal

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