OTPIC Officially Retired
As of December 2, 2005, the Online Training Program on Intractable Conflict (OTPIC) has been officially retired, and is no longer open to new registrations.
The successor to OTPIC is a course called Dealing Constructively with Intractable Conflicts (DCIC). The new curriculum is built around one of our major projects, Beyond Intractability, and offers a much more extensive and informative set of learning materials than that available through OTPIC.
International Online Training Program On Intractable Conflict
Conflict Research Consortium, University of Colorado, USA
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If fact-finding efforts are to be of any value, then the parties must believe them. In the absence of believable or credible facts, the parties will simply believe what they want to believe and make uninformed decisions which often fail to achieve the desired results. To avoid this problem, successful credibility building efforts are essential. These efforts must do three things. First, fact-finding efforts must be honestly conducted and produce reliable results which are worthy of the public's trust.They must be done by competent, qualified experts, who use accepted methods of data collection, analysis, and interpretation. Second, some mechanism is needed for demonstrating this trustworthiness to the parties. Although the personal credibility of the experts is one approach, this can be supplemented with a variety of credibility-building procedures such as oversight, joint fact-finding, or data mediation. Finally, some mechanism is needed for explaining the information in ways which allow it to be understood and sensibly used to make wise decisions.
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