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A growing number of university-based programs are supporting the use and diffusion of these new governance models. More than 60 such programs provide consultation, convening, facilitation, training, research, and process design services for collaborative policymaking efforts. These university-based programs and individual faculty and staff are actively engaged with public leaders at all levels of government and in states all across the country.

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  • California Center for Collaborative Policy

    Marci DuPraw

    California State University, Sacramento

    815 S Street 1st Floor
    Sacramento, CA 95814


    The mission of the Center for Collaborative Policy is to build the capacity of public agencies, stakeholder groups, and the public to use collaborative strategies to improve policy outcomes.The Center is a unit of the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies at California State University, Sacramento. The Center was established in 1992 as the California Center for Public Dispute Resolution.
    The Center provides services to government agencies, stakeholders, and communities to address complex public policy challenges through collaborative stakeholder processes and conflict resolution, collaborative public involvement, strategic planning, visioning, and training. The Center teaches collaborative policy development and collaborative leadership to undergraduate and graduate students at California State University, Sacramento. The Master’s in Public Policy and Administration Program offers students a three-course series leading to a Certificate in Collaborative Governance upon graduation. The Center focuses on building theory in the fields of collaborative governance and deliberative democracy, effectiveness research about collaborative processes, and evaluation of collaborative efforts.

  • Center for Civic Participation

    Lawrence Robinson

    Maricopa Community College

    2411 West 14th Street
    Tempe, AZ 85281


    The Maricopa Community Colleges’ Center for Civic Participation (CCP) seeks to enrich public life and public discourse on our Maricopa Community Colleges campuses and in our communities. The Center also serves to promote effective practices that support Maricopa’s mission area related to civic responsibility. The goals of the Center are to increase awareness about policy issues, civic involvement, and how government works among Maricopa students, faculty, staff and the community, and to increase involvement of Maricopa students, faculty, staff, and the community in civic life at all levels. The Center partners with nonpartisan civic and government agencies to conduct voter education, training, issue forums, and other civic programs that promote civic participation


  • Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution

    Vicki Read

    University of Texas, Austin

    University of Texas Law School
    727 E. Dean Keeton
    Austin, TX 78705


    The Center promotes and supports the appropriate use of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) by Texas governmental and public interest entities. We provide education, skill-building trainings, mediation and facilitation services to foster collaboration and problem-solving with state, regional, and local entities, as well as The University of Texas community and the public. 

  • Collaborative Governance Program

    Kirk Emerson

    University of Arizona

    School of Government & Public Policy
    306 Social Sciences Building
    Tucson, AZ 85721

    The Collaborative Governance Program at the University of Arizona's School of Government and Public Policy (SGPP) is designed to meet the growing need of government, non-profit and corporate managers to find ways to work together across institutional, geographic, economic and social boundaries in many different policy domains, such as natural resource management, public health, urban planning and economic development, energy and public utilities. The program builds on the experience and expertise of highly qualified instructors, practitioners and researchers working across the following program areas: Teaching and Training; Projects and Service; Research; and Civil Discourse.  SGPP also houses the National Institute for Civil Discourse (NICD), a national initiative to build civility and respectful deliberation among members of congress, within state legislatures, and  the media.

  • Conflict Resolution Institute

    Tamra Pearson D'Estree

    University of Denver

    2201 South Gaylord Street
    Mary Reed Bldg, Room 312
    Denver, CO 80208


    The Conflict Resolution Institute (CRI) at the University of Denver bridges nine academic units and five professional schools to create truly multidisciplinary offerings in the theory, research, and practice of conflict resolution. The Academic Program offers an M.A. degree, while the Center for Conflict Engagement coordinates conferences, visiting scholars, joint projects, and community partnerships. CRI focuses on reflective practice, conflict analysis and assessment, conflict resolution capacity building, and restoring the community fabric in ongoing intractable conflict and post-conflict settings


  • Congressman Pastor Center for Politics & Public Service

    Dr. Daniel Schugurensky

    Arizona State University

    411 N Central Ave.
    Suite 400
    Phoenix, AZ 85004

    The Congressman Ed Pastor Center for Politics & Public Service serves as a dynamic, student-centric hub of activity that promotes, publicizes, and encourages political engagement and public service among ASU students and the broader community. It embodies ASU’s commitment to being an active agent of change, addressing society’s problems. The center prepares and empowers ASU students from all backgrounds to assume leadership positions in the public, private and nonprofit sectors.

  • Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership

    Ashley Trimm

    Pepperdine University

    Pepperdine School of Public Policy
    24255 Pacific Coast Highway
    Drescher Campus
    Malibu, CA 90263


    Since its founding in 2005, the Davenport Institute has worked to engage the citizens of this state in the policy decisions that affect our everyday lives. It is our firm belief that, in today's world of easy access to information, and easy connectivity to others, California's municipal and education leaders are seeking ways to involve the residents of their communities in the important issues they confront. Done legitimately, this new kind of leadership produces better, more creative policy solutions and better, more engaged citizens committed to the hard work of self-governance.

  • Environmental Dispute Resolution Program

    Danya Rumore

    University of Utah

    University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law - Wallace Stegner Center for Land, Resources and the Environment
    332 S. 1400 E.
    Room 101
    Salt Lake City, UT 84112


    The Stegner Center’s Environmental Dispute Resolution Program (EDRP) — established in 2012 — promotes collaboration, mediation, and other dispute resolution processes as a means to address contemporary environmental conflicts. Focusing initially on environmental and natural resource conflicts in Utah, EDRP is building capacity for expanded and improved collaboration and mediation, while also documenting and shedding new light on the extensive collaboration efforts already occurring in Utah and the Mountain West. The new program’s approach redefines the meaning of “ADR”. Though usually thought of as an alternative to litigation, EDRP uses the term “ADR” to mean Additional Dialogue Required – using mediation and other collaborative processes to create an opportunity for dialogue and mutual understanding in environmental and natural resource conflicts. This approach builds long-term relationships and produces enduring on-the-ground results. 

  • FCRC Consensus Center

    Robert M. Jones

    Florida State University

    2035 East Paul Dirac Dr.
    Morgan Building, Ste 236
    Tallahassee, FL 32310


    The FCRC Consensus Center serves as an independent public resource facilitating consensus solutions and supporting collaborative action.In implementing this mission, the FCRC Consensus Center, in partnership with other organizations and professionals, assists public and private interests in designing and securing appropriate collaboration and consensus building services for public issues and challenges throughout Florida and beyond. The Center provides technical assistance through consultation and professional training and education services to a wide range of leaders, managers and professionals.


  • Florida Natural Resources Leadership Institute

    Jessica Ireland

    University of Florida

    G-113 McCarty Hall B
    PO Box 110410
    Gainesville, FL 32611

    (352) 294-7643

    In Florida, time-consuming and expensive disputes often emerge over issues such as endangered species, land use, coastal and marine resources, and water quality and quantity. Effective leadership in managing such issues requires a specialized set of skills, tools, and strategies to build trust and promote collaboration among competing interests. In recognition of this need, the Florida Natural Resources Leadership Institute (NRLI) was founded in 1998. Its mission is to bring together professionals from sectors that impact or are impacted by natural resource issues and provide them with the training required to find inclusive solutions to seemingly intractable problems. NRLI is an eight month professional development program. Each intensive three-day session is held in a different part of the state and focuses on a specific and contentious natural resource issue. 

  • Individual Member - Eric Austin

    Montana State University

    Bozeman, MT 597171

  • Individual Member - Joseph Seigel

    Pace Law School

    White Plains, NY 10603

  • Individual Member - Marina Piscolish

    University of Hawaii at Manoa

    Honolulu, HI 96822

  • Individual Member - Mark Rubin

    Virginia Commonwealth University

    Richmond, VA 23284

  • Individual Member - Max Stephenson

    Virginia Tech

    Blacksburg, VA 24060

  • Individual Member - Terry Cooper

    University of Southern California

    Los Angeles, CA 90089

  • Individual Member - Todd Bryan

    University of Michigan

    Ann Arbor, MI 48109

  • Institute for Environmental Negotiation

    Frank Dukes

    University of Virginia

    School of Architecture
    104 Emmet Street
    Charlottesville, VA 22903


    The Institute for Environmental Negotiation (IEN) is a public service organization of the University of Virginia. IEN has 35 years experience as facilitators and mediators helping agencies, nonprofits, and businesses make decisions using a collaborative approach. IEN works on challenging and innovative projects to ensure that communities are sustained ecologically, socially, and economically.

  • Institute on the Common Good

    Paul Alexander

    Regis University

    3333 Regis Boulevard
    Denver, CO 80221


    The Institute on the Common Good at Regis University serves the community at-large by promoting the common good and providing a safe and effective space for community dialogue, communal discernment, and public deliberation. The Institute will sponsor public and private forums for the discussion of significant social issues. Its intent is to promote the long-term good of the greater community of Denver and the Rocky Mountain West through the discovery of common ground for addressing these issues. Primary Activities: Policy Development, Teaching (graduate and undergraduate courses), Training (short-term), Research, Evaluation, Project Management and Technical Assistance. Primary Audiences: University (faculty, undergraduate students, graduate students), Elected Officials (state, county, local/city), Agency Officials (state, county, local/city), Nonprofits, Foundations, Businesses and K-12 Education.  

  • Ishida Satoshi

    University of Nagasaki

    Nagasaki City 852-8521

  • Massachusetts Office of Public Collaboration

    Susan Jeghelian

    University of Massachusetts - Boston

    John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies
    100 Morrissey Boulevard
    McCormack Building, Room 627
    Boston, MA 02125


    MOPC builds capacity for conflict resolution, collaboration and consensus-building within public entities and across sectors state-wide and serves as a neutral forum and state-level resource in these fields. MOPC works with government agencies, courts, businesses, nonprofits, and citizen groups to address complex issues related to economic development, environmental resource management, land use, agriculture, transportation, housing, health care, and other important community objectives. MOPC's work results in cost savings for the state and its citizens through reduced litigation and settlement expenses and enhanced capacity for effective problem-solving and civic engagement on major public initiatives in the commonwealth.


  • Natural Resources Leadership Institute

    Mary Lou Addor

    North Carolina State University

    NC Cooperative Extension
    214 Patterson Hall
    Box 7569
    Raleigh, NC 27695


    The Natural Resources Leadership Institute is an instructional and community service program of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service at NC State University.  The goal of the Natural Resources Leadership Institute is to improve management and policy decisions affecting North Carolina's communities and natural resources.  The Institute’s Leadership Development Program brings together people from government agencies, private industry, community and environmental organizations, and educational institutions in an atmosphere conducive to exploration and learning. Our ultimate goal is to foster the development of mutually satisfactory environmental policies. The curriculum, which focuses on leadership, conflict resolution, and collaborative problem solving, consists of six workshops, two review sessions, and a practicum that involves the participant in collaborative solutions to natural resource issues with others who have a stake in the outcome. Graduates of the program are better decision-makers in working with other stakeholders and who can fashion more workable solutions toward North Carolina’s natural resource problems.The program on Environmental Decision-Making convenes representatives of business, public interest groups, and government to jointly explore public policy issues, management priorities, future visions, and regulatory matters. The Institute supports these processes by designing and facilitating collaborative decision-making processes. We also provide Specialized Training Courses around leadership development, environmental conflict resolution, negotiation, facilitation, public involvement, participatory decision making, and similar topics for government agencies, boards and commissions, nonprofit organizations, facilitators and mediators, firms, and interested citizens. 

  • Oregon Consensus, National Policy Consensus Center

    Peter Harkema

    Portland State University

    Hatfield School of Government
    NPCC – 720 URBN, P.O. Box 751
    Portland, OR 97207-0751


    Provides neutral conflict resolution service to state and federal agencies, the Oregon Legislature, the Oregon Courts, tribal governments, local governments and a variety of stakeholders involved in issues related to development and application of public policies in Oregon. The Program incorporates components of the former Oregon Public Policy Dispute Resolution Program of the Oregon Dispute Resolution Commission, which were transferred to the Hatfield School by the 2003 Legislature.

  • Oregon Solutions, National Policy Consensus Center

    Steve Greenwood

    Portland State University

    Hatfield School of Government
    NPCC – 720 URBN, P.O. Box 751
    Portland, OR 97207


    Oregon Solutions is a program at Portland State University’s Hatfield School of Government that integrates and leverages public, private, and civic resources for community-based projects. Oregon Solutions provides a structure and process for collaboration, showing that public solutions are best achieved when government, the business sector, and civic organizations work together. Oregon Solutions engages diverse project teams to leverage resources in sustainable community projects.

  • Oregon's Kitchen Table, National Policy Consensus Center

    Wendy Willis

    Portland State University

    College of Urban and Public Affairs
    506 SW Mill
    URB 720
    Portland, OR 97201


  • Paul Edmund Brown , Individual Member

    University of Maryland

    The Intersector Initiative
    Baltimore, MD 20742

    The Intersector Initiative, a project of the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy, aims to improve the practice of cross-sector collaboration in the United States and beyond by producing resources that address important public policy, governance, and management issues that arise when sectors work together. The Initiative conducts and highlights research on key topics related to cross-sector collaboration across issue areas, touching on a broad array of collaborative approaches. We aim to promote a greater awareness and understanding of cross-sector collaboration by supporting practitioners involved in this work, researchers focused on this topic, and educators working with the next generation of cross-sector actors, ultimately producing more effective public problem solving through more effective and collaborative governance. 

  • Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC)

    Tina Nabatchi

    Syracuse University

    Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
    Syracuse, NY 13244-1090
    400 Eggers Hall
    Syracuse, NY 13244


    The Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC) at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University is a multi-faceted, interdisciplinary research center that advances both theory and practice in the fields of conflict and collaboration. Founded by Dr. Louis Kriesberg in 1986 with Hewlett Foundation funding, PARCC was initially known for its breakthrough work in conflict transformation, intractable conflicts, and identity conflicts in the international arena. With the addition of participating scholars, its areas of interest have grown to include environmental conflicts, advocacy and activism, and, most recently, collaborative governance. PARCC’s commitment to practice can be seen in its Summer Institute, which has trained individuals in the skills of conflict resolution and collaboration for over 25 years, a graduate-level Certificate in Conflict Resolution, a Conflict Management Practice Group, and policy-relevant publications. PARCC faculty members serve as consultants for training, community development, negotiation, evaluation, and the design and study of peace-building projects. E-PARCC, an innovative education project, is a web-based collection of cases, simulations, and syllabi for the teaching of collaborative governance. All materials, authored by top scholars, are available in multiple languages for all to use.

  • Public Dispute Resolution Program

    John Stephens

    University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

    School of Government
    Campus Box 3330, Knapp-Sanders Building
    Chapel Hill, NC 27599


    The UNC-Chapel Hill School of Government offers assistance to elected and appointed officials in resolving public disputes. The School can help evaluate different options for addressing a public issue, including task forces, public meetings, mediation, facilitation and other techniques to assist parties in productively resolving their disputes. Individual concerns about situations of mistrust, high emotions, and how to negotiate/problem-solve more effectively can be addressed through telephone consultation. The School can provide mediation and facilitation of public disputes to a limited extent. We can help identify services from local mediation centers, councils of government and other impartial providers. The School offers short courses on managing conflict collaboratively, and facilitative leadership. We work with NC government agencies to provide or broker training in negotiation, mediation, and stakeholder consensus-building techniques focused on inter-governmental or community issues. The Guidebook to Public Dispute Resolution in North Carolina, identifies the benefits and limitations of using mediators in public disputes, includes case summaries of NC public disputes, guidelines for selecting an impartial third party, and a directory of potential public dispute mediators and facilitators. There is an online index to examples of facilitation and mediation in North Carolina and across the United States.

  • Ruckelshaus Institute of Environment and Natural Resources

    Jessica Clement

    University of Wyoming

    Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources
    1000 E. University Ave.
    Laramie, WY 82071


    The Ruckelshaus Institute, a division of the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming, advances the understanding and resolution of complex environmental and natural resources challenges and supports stakeholder-driven solutions to environmental challenges by conducting and communicating relevant research and promoting collaborative decision making. The Ruckelshaus Institute's collaborative solutions program supports natural resource stakeholders, policy makers, and managers in making decisions about the future. We achieve this by: combining scientific information, human values and decision support; Developing effective, lasting solutions to environmental problems; using the Ruckelshaus Institute's cadre of experts who convene stakeholders and representatives from private business and industry, public interest groups, landowners and government; and exploring policy alternatives, management priorities and future visions. The Collaboration Program in Natural Resources provides professional training for a cohort of mid- and upper-level natural resource decision makers and engaged citizens. In six rigorous sessions, participants will gain skills and knowledge to apply collaborative processes to complex environment and natural resource challenges to build lasting, supported solutions. 

  • School of Public and Environmental Affairs

    Terry Amsler

    Indiana University

    Indiana University
    1315 E. Tenth Street
    Bloomington, IN 47405

    The School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) is a nationally ranked academic institution located on the campus of Indiana University and home to a Masters of Public Affairs program that is ranked number one in the nation.  SPEA works to build a better world by helping people solve complex problems at the crossroads of policy, management, and science. We promote sound decisions, well-managed organizations, just and healthy societies, and a sustainable environment through education, scholarship, and civic engagement. We give our students the knowledge and skills to have a significant impact in diverse settings around the globe. SPEA’s commitment is shaped by these shared and guiding beliefs:

    • All people deserve to live in thriving and sustainable communities.
    • Strong, healthy communities depend on well-educated, innovative and ethical leaders, and informed and engaged citizens.
    • Creative, current, and rigorous research informs sound decision-making.
    • Leaders need both relevant information and the skills necessary to interpret and use information and data effectively.
    • Successful leaders must be able to bridge public, private, and nonprofit sector boundaries.
    • Conversation and collaboration among individuals with diverse perspectives, backgrounds, and skills leads to more vibrant ideas and solutions.


  • The Werner Institute for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution

    Palma Strand

    Creighton University

    School of Law
    2500 California Plaza
    Omaha, NE 68178


    The Werner Institute teaches individuals how to engage conflict and resolve disputes effectively, efficiently, and humanely. The mission is consistent with the Jesuit Catholic tradition of social justice, responsible leadership, and professional distinction. To advance its goals, the Werner Institute assists organizations with the design of conflict management systems, offers professional development programs, workshops, custom designed trainings, graduate certification programs, and provides an interdisciplinary program leading to a master’s degree in negotiation and conflict resolution (offered both, in a campus-based and a online modality – with two intensive campus visits).

  • William D. Ruckelshaus Center

    Michael Kern

    Washington State University & University of Washington

    901 5th Avenue
    Suite 2900
    Seattle, WA 98164


    As a joint effort of Washington State University and the University of Washington, the Center’s mission is to act as a neutral resource for collaborative problem solving in the region. The Center provides expertise that improves the availability and quality of voluntary collaborative approaches to policy development and multi-party dispute resolution. Center services include conflict assessment and neutral forums; capacity building activities such as training and systems design; and research that frames issues and advances the effectiveness of collaborative processes.