University of Wisconsin–Madison

Best Practices

To support our work developing accessible, engaging, and appropriate materials, we draw on best practices in plain languageadult learning, and focus group facilitation. We follow recommendations and guidelines for creating clear materials from reliable sources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and the National Institutes of Health. Our highly interactive training programs apply principles of adult learning by incorporating “hands-on” learning activities, a variety of instructional methods, and opportunities to integrate new knowledge and skills with past experiences.

In our community partnerships with Goodman Community Center and Lussier Community Education Center, we use processes and practices that support genuine partnerships. We prioritize clear and open communication, shared resources and decision-making, mutual trust and respect, and other key principles of community-academic partnerships and community engagement.