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Coastal Managers Social Science Training Set

BEAUFORT — Attendees of the “Social Science Basics for Coastal Managers” training Oct. 10 will have the opportunity to learn ways to engage stakeholders in coastal management issues.

This free training, set for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Beaufort Lab Auditorium, 101 Pivers Island Road, will be led by staff from NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management. Registration is required.

The social sciences are a valuable but often overlooked element of coastal zone management, according to the release. This training provides the basic knowledge and skills to help coastal managers understand their stakeholders. This course assumes participants have an understanding of the importance of stakeholder engagement and will build upon this understanding.

Participants will learn how to create an “interview guide” tool and conduct effective interviews that can be used in multiple resource management settings; better understand the appropriate use of focus groups, as well as best practices and approaches; and writing effective survey questions.

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