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Department of Human Services Strategic Plan

Community Listening Sessions

Dane County Department of Human Services would like to hear from community members who have received, or are currently receiving, services provided or funded by our department.

Our mission is to provide access to effective, innovative, and evidence-based services and resources that support wellbeing, opportunities to thrive, safety, and justice for everyone residing in Dane County. We do this, in partnership with our many partners, through delivered services and programs like:

To learn more from you about your experience with any of these types of services or programs, we are hosting virtual community listening sessions in mid-November. The types of questions we hope you will answer are:

  1. What is your experience with services, programs, and resources offered by the Dane County Department of Human Services?
  2. Are there barriers in accessing these services in the community? If there are barriers, please describe.

  3. Of the services available, which are the most valuable?
  4. What services do you wish were available?
  5. How would you describe your experiences with our services, programs, and resources, in terms of racial equity, cultural sensitivity and/or language accessibility? 
  6. What do you see as our department’s role in helping Dane County become a more equitable and inclusive place to live? 
  7. If you could wave a magic wand and change one thing about the quality of life in your community, what would it be?  Why is this important to you?

The listening sessions will be online using Zoom, but individuals will also be able to participate on their phone. The 90-minutes sessions will be on:


To sign up to participate in a listening session, please register by clicking the registration link below for the date you prefer.

Nov. 17, 2-3:30 p.m.:

Nov. 17, 5-6:30 p.m.:

Nov. 18, 5-6:30 p.m.:

Nov. 19: 2-3:30 p.m.:

After you register you will receive an email with the link for the listening session you registered for.  

Choosing to participate, in a community listening session will in no way affect services individuals or families may be receiving from DCDHS or any one of our partners. These community listening sessions are public meetings, therefore, DCDHS cannot assure the confidentiality of information participants may choose to share.