If your community or organization needs to deliberate an
important public issue, you may find that public deliberative forums and
study circles would be very useful in meeting that need.
do I Convene a Forum?
Tips and guidelines for how to get started, form
partnerships, choose a topic, and organize your forum.
Discussion Guides and Materials
Several issue guides on a variety of public issues have been developed
to support forums and study circles.
has over 30 issue booklets and companion videos on a
variety of topics to assist the steering committee in conducting a
Agenda's Choicework dialogue materials are designed to help
and communities talk
productively about public problems.
Study Circles Resource Center publishes discussion guides on a variety
of public issues. Guides are available for download and/or in printed
The Harwood Institute has created
tools, reports, and frameworks, dealing with a wide range of public
concerns and issues. These publications are provided free of charge.
Moderators and Recorders
there are several OPPD-trained moderators and recorders to assist in
convening and conducting non-partisan, non-biased, non-advocacy public
deliberative forums and study circles.