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Academies and Workshops
The OPPD offers the following services to assist those who wish to become involved in public deliberative forums and engage their communities in discussion of important issues through moderating, issue framing, and/or holding a forum for their organization.

Oklahoma Moderators and Recorders Academy Cleveland County OSU Extension Office, Norman

April 30 and May 7, 2010

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Oklahoma Moderators and Recorders Academy - *Formerly Public Policy Institute (PPI).

The purpose of the OMRA is to teach people to conduct deliberative forums at the local level using NIF materials. OMRA participants will learn to:

  • Convene and promote a local forum.

  • Moderate and record a local forum for the purpose of coming to common ground and identifying possible individual and public actions on an issue.

  • Organize a local network to support public deliberation.

  • Report citizen perspectives expressed at local deliberative forums to local, state, and national decision makers.

  • Appreciate the importance of deliberation in identifying the public's perspective on public policy issues.

The OMRA is held annually in various locations across the state.  The OPPD has found when teams of two or more people from a community or organization attend the OMRA together, they have the best success with public deliberative forums in their communities or organizations.

Local Issues Forums

OMRA participants return to their communities to organize and work with a local steering committee to plan and conduct local issues forums - typically two to four forums per year.

Approximately 200 moderators and recorders have completed the training. Contact us for a qualified moderator or recorder in your area!



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