UPDATE: 2020 Oregon Citizen Assembly Pilot on COVID-19 Recovery

UPDATE: 2020 Oregon Citizen Assembly Pilot on COVID-19 Recovery

7/14/2020

Contact: League of Women Voters of Oregon, lwvor@lwvor.org, 503-581-5722

2020 Oregon Citizen Assembly Pilot on COVID-19 Recovery 

Beginning on July 9, a group of voters from across Oregon will work together to help chart a path beyond the coronavirus pandemic. This Citizen Assembly pilot is a partnership between Healthy Democracy and Oregon’s Kitchen Table, a program of the College of Urban and Public Affairs at Portland State University. The Assembly will answer questions put forth by state decision-makers, as well as members of the public surveyed before the Assembly begins.

The Assembly’s citizen panel will be composed of 40 Oregonians from all walks of life, randomly selected from among Oregon voters. The panel will reflect a microcosm of the state in terms of age, gender, location of residence, race and ethnicity, political party, educational attainment, and level of political engagement. Panelists will be compensated for their time, with a stipend of $600 covering the first phase of the project.

The Assembly will deliberate online in small groups, using processes drawn from Healthy Democracy’s 12 years of experience running Citizens’ Initiative Reviews and Citizens Juries.  All sessions of the Assembly will be observed and evaluated by academic researchers, who are independent of the project team.

The panel will meet online every Thursday for six weeks, July 9–Aug. 13, 6–8PM. The presentation of recommendations will occur on August 27, 6–8PM. Members of the public can visit Healthy Democracy’s YouTube page to watch the sessions live or to view a recording afterward. However, all small-group sessions will be closed to respect panelist privacy.

League members Kappy Eaton and Marge Easley were instrumental in shepherding the initial Citizens’ Initiative Review (CIR) Commission legislation. The CIR model is now considered “the Oregon Model.” The League advocacy agenda has supported the CIR for many sessions. This project is a pilot to see how well this form of citizen engagement will work in an online setting, using many of the “citizen jury” processes that a CIR uses.

Questions? Please contact lwvor@lwvor.org.