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Table 1: Stakeholder and Public Involvement Methods used by EPA and the States for Developing Significant Information Products
Stakeholder/Public Involvement MethodDescription
A. Public meeting Presentation by EPA or States before a public gathering, often with a question and answer session.
B. Stakeholder meeting Brief discussion with representatives of various government agencies and/or organizations, including industry, trade associations, environmental organizations, local elected officials, community activists, etc. with a vested interest in the development and use of a significant information product.
C. Forum/workshop Discussion with stakeholders and/or the public that generally allows for more in-depth discussion than a public or stakeholder meeting.
D. Focus group Discussion with potential users about the usefulness of one or more specific products, in which participants generally offer suggestions for improvements.
E. Stakeholder or expert consultation Extended communication with representatives of various government agencies and/or organizations as subject experts, regarding specific technical issues or data related to the product.
F. Survey/questionnaire Quantitative and/or qualitative input sought in writing from the public and/or stakeholders about a product from which key comments can be extrapolated.
G. Federal Register notice Official method of notifying the public about a particular product, which often includes a formal comment process. Printed daily by the U.S. Government.
H. E-mail/Listserv E-mail is electronic messages distributed through a computer network or the Internet. Listserv is e-mail-based mailing list for a group of people with a common interest. E-mail and listservs can be used for distributing information about products, and seeking input from stakeholders and potential product users.
I. Electronic bulletin board Electronic means of publically posting questions and comments submitted by stakeholders and/or the public.
J. Web site/Web page Web site is a group of Web pages. Web page is an electronic means of disseminating information about one or more topics and/or products globally on the World Wide Web. Also can be used to collect user comments.
K. Hotline/Public Information Line Telephone number supplied by EPA/States that allows for direct answering of caller questions.
L. Media advertisement Announcement distributed through various media outlets that features a few key points about the product to spark interest in it.
M. Information fact sheet and other similar materials Brief description of the product (generally one page), sometimes inviting public comments.
N. Mailing to stakeholders Information about the product targeted to specific stakeholders and/or potential product users.

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