Directory of Programs

81 Programs Found


Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution
Judy Keegan    Executive Director
415 Dexter Avenue
P.O. Box 671
Montgomery, AL 36101
fax 334-261-6310

The Center is the administrative arm of the Alabama Supreme Court Commission on Dispute Resolution and provides broad services to all branches of state government. 

University of Alabama
David Mathews Center for Civic Life
Lane McLelland    Director
P.O. Box 11018
Tuscaloosa, AL 35486
fax 205-348-8417

The Center’s purpose is to foster infrastructure, habits, and capacities for more effective civic engagement and innovative public decision making. The Mathews Center is focused on how citizens create political will and sustain public policy community decisions. 


University of Alaska Anchorage
Resource Solutions
Margaret King    Program Manager
Anchorage, AK 99501
fax 907-786-1700

Resource Solutions is a program of the University of Alaska Anchorage's Office of Community Partnerships which provides assistance for decision making on public issues specializing in constructive approaches using collaborative problem solving, capacity building and research. Resource Solutions also provides consultations, convening, and customized trainings to build agreement among competing interests, with a primary focus on important public issues, jump-starting new projects or initiatives, or when changes are needed to meet new circumstances. 


*Collaborative Governance Program
University of Arizona, School of Government and Public Policy
Kirk Emerson    Professor of Practice in Collaborative Governance
306 Social Sciences Building
Tucson, AZ 85721

The Graduate Certificate in Collaborative Governance is designed for those who work in government, non-profit organizations or the corporate sector where cooperation with other institutions, stakeholders and the public at large is important. The certificate program prepares students to effectively participate in and manage collaboration across institutional and sectoral boundaries in an increasingly networked world. 

Participatory Governance Initiative
Arizona State University, School of Public Affairs
Daniel Schugurensky    Professor
411 N. Central Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85004

The mandate of the Participatory Governance Initiative at Arizona State University is to promote excellence, collaboration, and innovation in participatory governance teaching, research and practice. The Participatory Governance Initiative is a university-wide interdisciplinary space that aims at bringing together academics, students, elected and non-elected government officials, community members and practitioners interested in the theory and practice of participatory governance. Special attention is paid to the examination of emerging trends and innovative experiments around the world that are relevant to the realities of governance and public engagement in the 21st century. 

University of Arizona
Udall Center for Studies Public Policy
Anne Browning-Aiken    Program Manager, Environmental Policy and Communit
803 East First Street
Tucson, AZ 85719
fax 520-626-3664

The Udall Center's environmental and public policy conflict resolution work emphasizes multistakeholder policy dialogues on contentious environmental issues. The Center facilitates forums, sponsors training workshops on facilitation and mediation, develops educational tools, and responds to requests for design and facilitation of public participation processes and policy dialogues. 


*University of Arkansas Little Rock
Center for Public Collaboration
Matthew Crall    Center Coordinator
2801 S. University Avenue
Ross Hall 641
Little Rock, AR 72204
fax 501-569-8514

The Center assists Arkansas leaders, citizens, and organizations with inclusive discourse and effective collaborations on public issues. The Center provides an information clearinghouse on collaborative governance, assessment, facilitation, consultation, training, and education. In addition, the Center sponsors forums on public issues. Primary Activities: Teaching (graduate and undergraduate courses), Training (short-term) and Technical Assistance. Primary Audiences: Elected Officials (state, county, local/city), Nonprofits and Foundations. 

Arkansas ADR Commission
Jennifer Jones Taylor    Director
625 Marshall Street
Justice Building
Little Rock, AR 72201-1020
fax 501-682-9410

Serves the state judiciary, working most closely with courts. Sets standards for certification, professional conduct, discipline and training of ADR neutrals in and for state and local courts. Also provides expertise on mediation systems to all branches of government. Provides no direct mediation services. 


California State University, Sacramento
*California Center for Collaborative Policy
Marci DuPraw    Management Team
815 S Street 1st Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
fax 916-445-2087

A joint program of CSU-Sacramento and McGeorge School of Law, the Center provides a variety of dispute resolution services to state agencies and the legislative branch. The mission of the Center is to build the capacity of public agencies, stakeholder groups, and the public to use collaborative strategies to improve policy outcomes. 

Community Focus
Stephanie Anderson    Associate Director
1440 Broadway, Suite 714
Oakland, CA 94612

Community Focus helps clients engage communities through the use of group facilitation, community organizing and collaborative problem-solving. We help clients engage in pro-active public outreach in which community members not only talk about solutions to problems … they actually help implement them. Community Focus helps cities and other public agencies involve residents and other stakeholders in solutions-based consideration of difficult and complex issues. 

Pepperdine University
*Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership
Pete Peterson    Executive Director
Pepperdine School of Public Policy
24255 Pacific Coast Highway - Drescher Campus
Malibu, CA 90263

The purpose of the Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership is to support municipal and civic leaders - through training, grant-making, and consulting – as they intentionally engage their residents in public problem solving.  

University of California, Davis
Common Ground: Center for Cooperative Solutions
Beth Greenwood and Carolyn Penny    Co-Directors
1333 Research Park Drive
Davis, CA 95616-4852
fax 530-754-5105

Common Ground helps government entities, agencies, private sector organizations, nonprofits, and communities come together and work out solutions to public policy issues including land use, water quality, health, education, and transportation. In order to accomplish this work, Common Ground provides facilitation and mediation services, educates communities and organizations in order to build capacity in collaboration, and conducts and conveys research on what helps and hinders cooperative process and solutions. 

University of California, Hastings College of Law
Center for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution
Shelia Purcell    Director
100 McAllister Street, Suite 408
San Francisco, CA 94102
fax 415-581-8944

Hastings established CNDR in 2003 to organize classes, research opportunities and professional programs for the study of negotiation, mediation and arbitration. CNDR offers specialized dispute resolution training to public agencies like the California Public Utilities Commission. 


Colorado Judicial Department
Office of Dispute Resolution
Cynthia Savage    Director
1301 Pennsylvania St., Suite 110
Denver, CO 80203-2416
fax 303-837-2340

Located in the Colorado Judicial Branch, the Office of Dispute Resolution was created by statute in 1983. The Colorado Dispute Resolution Act established ODR to assist Colorado’s courts in ADR programs and in providing mediation and other dispute resolution services to the public. ODR is almost entirely cash-funded through the Dispute Resolution Fund established by the statute. Fees for ODR services are set by order of the supreme court to cover the program’s expenses. 

Colorado State University
*Center for Public Deliberation
Martin Carcasson    Director
Colorado State University
217 Eddy Building
Fort Collins, CO 80523
fax 970-491-2160

The Center for Public Deliberation, which is within the Speech Communication Department at Colorado State University, serves as an affiliate of the National Issues Forum (NIF) network. Working from a communication perspective, CPD staff and students focus on the process of deliberation. The Center is dedicated to providing these three key ingredients to Northern Colorado: safe places for citizens to come together, good and fair information to help structure the conversation, and skilled facilitators to guide the process. Primary Activities: Teaching (graduate and undergraduate courses), Training (short-term), Research and Project Management. Primary Audiences: Elected Officials (state, county, local/city), Nonprofits, Foundations, Businesses and K-12 Education. Activities in Development: Policy Development, Implementation of Policy, Evaluation and Technical Assistance. Audiences in Development: University and Agency Officials. 

Regis University
*Institute on the Common Good
Paul Alexander    
3333 Regis Boulevard
Regis University
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.  

University of Colorado Boulder
Conflict Research Consortium
Guy and Heidi Burgess    Co-Directors
University of Colorado
Campus Box 580
Boulder, CO 80309-0580
fax 303-492-2154

The University of Colorado Conflict Research Consortium is a multi-disciplinary center for research and teaching about conflict and its transformation. The Consortium uses rapidly advancing information technologies to provide citizens with the information that they need to deal with conflicts more constructively.  

University of Denver
*Conflict Resolution Program - Center for Research and Practice
Tamra Pearson D'Estree    Henry R. Luce Professor
Mary Reed Bldg, Room 312
2201 South Gaylord Street
Denver, CO 80208
fax 303-871-4585

The Institute is home to the Graduate Program and the Center for Research and Practice. The Center for Research and Practice encourages theoretic and applied research on methods for conflict prevention and conflict transformation based on ethical standards of justice and fairness, and actively engages the community to expand public awareness of peaceful techniques for resolving disputes to improve societal relations and levels of trust between individuals, within organizations, and across cultures. Primary Activities: Teaching (graduate and undergraduate courses), Training (short-term), Research, Evaluation and Project Management. Primary Audiences: University (faculty and graduate students), Nonprofits and Foundations.  


University of Delaware
Conflict Resolution Program
Kathy Wian    Coordinator
Institute for Public Administration
177 Graham Hall
Newark, DE 19716-7390
fax 302-831-0450

Supports transformational and organizational change using democratic practices in non-profit, public, government, and educational settings. This is done primarily through the teaching and promotion of effective communication, collaborative problem solving, shared decision-making, and conflict resolution. 


Florida State University
*FCRC Consensus Center (Main Office)
Robert Jones    Director
Morgan Building, Ste 236
2035 East Paul Dirac Dr.
Tallahassee, FL 32310-4161
fax 850-644-4968

The FCRC Consensus Center, based at Florida State University in Tallahassee and University of Central Florida in Orlando, provides consensus building and conflict resolution services, education, training and research to build broader understanding of the value of collaborative approaches. The Center offers neutral technical assistance to a wide range of professionals, agency staff and private citizens and organizations engaged in public problems throughout Florida and helps to design and implement efforts for intergovernmental collaboration, community and public problem-solving, and land use and environmental dispute resolution. 

University of Central Florida
Florida Conflict Resolution Consortium
Raphael Montalvo    Associate Director
University of Central Florida - Downtown Academic Center
36 West Pine St., Suite 201
Orlando, FL 32801
fax 407-317-7815

See description of Florida Conflict Resolution Consortium (Main Office) at Florida State University 


Georgia Institute of Technology
Consortium on Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
Michael Elliott    Professor of Planning and Public Policy
College of Architecture, City and Regional Planning Program
245 4th St., Rm. 204
Atlanta, GA 30332-0155
fax 404-894-1628

CNCR is an inter institutional, interdisciplinary program supporting theory building and practice in conflict prevention and resolution. Among the Consortium's goals is promoting the study of complex, multi-party, public policy disputes, particularly those involving the natural environment. CNCR's research program is coordinated through the City Planning Program at Georgia Tech. Primary Activities: Policy Development, Teaching (graduate and undergraduate courses), Training (short-term), Research and Evaluation. Primary Audiences: University (administration and faculty), Elected Officials (state, county, local/city), Agency Officials (state, county, local/city), Nonprofits and Foundations.  

Georgia State University College of Law
Consortium on Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
Doug Yarn    Executive Director
Georgia State University
P.O. Box 4037
Atlanta, GA 30302-4037
fax 404-413-9225

CNCR is an inter-institutional, interdisciplinary program supporting theory building and practice in conflict prevention and resolution. Provides conflict resolution and education, mediation, facilitation, dispute systems design, and consulting services within the university system of Georgia, and in community and private sector settings, domestic and international.  

Kennesaw State University
Conflict Management Program
Dr. Linda Johnston    Director
Dept. of Political Science & International Affairs
1000 Chastain Road
Kennesaw, GA 30144-5591
fax 770-423-6880

The Center for Conflict Management at Kennesaw State University provides conflict management services, including mediation, facilitation, and workshops to the campus and to other clients. The Center also serves at a home to the faculty, staff, and student ombuds at KSU. 

University of Georgia
Fanning Institute for Leadership
Raye Rawls    Associate
1240 South Lumpkin Street
J.W. Fanning Building
Athens, GA 30602-3552

The Fanning Institute, a multidisciplinary outreach unit within Public Service and Outreach at the University of Georgia, works with communities of all types, within and outside of Georgia. With expertise in community, economic, and leadership development, the faculty and staff of the Fanning Institute provide rich, customized approaches to develop skilled community leaders, create vibrant communities, and promote prosperous economies. Because every challenge is different, Fanning faculty and staff create customized approaches and bridge University resources and community needs. 


The State Judiciary of Hawaii
Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution
Elizabeth Kent    Director
417 S. King Street, Room 207
Honolulu, HI 96813
fax 808- 539-498

Designs and builds dispute resolution programs for state and county government; facilitates and mediates a limited number of public policy disputes; manages the judiciary’s contract with the community mediation centers; and promotes ADR through education, training, and research.  

University of Hawaii
*Matsunaga Institute for Peace, Program on Conflict Resolution
Anne Smoke    Program Manager
2424 Maile Way
Honolulu, HI 96822
fax 808-956-9121

Engages in research that furthers the understanding of disputing and dispute settlement practices. Encourages the practice and testing of a variety of dispute resolution procedures with an emphasis on Asia and the Pacific. Also offers training and workshops in conflict resolution, cross-cultural conflict, negotiation, and gender and conflict to individuals and organizations across the state. Provides training and services on conflict resolution for the University of Hawaii system. Primary Activities: Policy Development, Teaching (graduate and undergraduate courses), Training (short-term), Research, Evaluation and Technical Assistance. Primary Audiences: University (administration, faculty, undergraduate students), Elected Officials (state, county, local/city), Agency Officials (state, county, local/city), Nonprofits, Foundations and K-12 Education. 


Indiana University Bloomington
Indiana Conflict Resolution Institute
Lisa Bingham    Director
School of Public and Envirnomental Affairs
Room 322, 1315 East 10th Street
Bloomington, IN 47405-2100
fax 812-856-6031

Provides information about conflict resolution to people throughout the state and to professionals in the field. Staff members are involved in research and investigations, which they add to the clearinghouse of information on conflict resolution programs used locally, nationally, and internationally. 

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Indiana University Public Policy Institute
John L. Krauss    Director
334 N. Senate Avenue, Suite 300
Indianapolis, IN 46204-1708
fax 317-261-3050

The Center for Urban Policy and the Environment works in partnership with community leaders, business and civic organizations, nonprofits, and government. Using applied research, data analysis, and facilitation, Center analysts help leaders understand the critical choices facing them in public policy, healthcare, economic development, criminal justice, and land use. The Center supplies relevant, timely analysis to develop strategies that can strengthen organizations and improve the quality of life in communities. The Center was created by the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs in 1992.  


Kansas State University
Center for Engagement and Community Development
David Procter    Director
202 Ahearn Field House
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506-0307
fax 785-532-6808

To promote engagement across the breadth of Kansas State University - in teaching, research, and outreach - and to connect the vast resources of KSU to the significant issues of public need facing Kansas and communities worldwide. 

Office of Judicial Administration
Art Thompson    DR Coordinator
Office of Judicial Administration
301 W. 10th
Topeka, KS 66612-1507
fax 785-296-1804

Provides expertise to court-related ADR programs. Provides no direct mediation services. 

University of Kansas
Public Management Center
Charles Jones    Director
715 SW Tenth St
Topeka, KS 66612-1617
fax 785-296-2580

Contracts to provide mediation training to state managers for handling conflict. At this time they provide six core mediation training seminars a year. 


Northern Kentucky University
Institute for Public Leadership and Public Affairs
Roxanne Qualls    Director
Founders Hall 323
Highland Heights, KY 41099

A non-partisan, non-ideological policy center that conducts practical applied policy research on the issues and challenges facing Northern Kentucky, the Commonwealth, and the region. Also uses the university's resources to increase the capacity of local governments to address the challenges of growth and development within their communities; facilitates thoughtful public debate and innovative thinking about challenges and their possible solutions through the publication of research and the dissemination of findings through public forums and discussions; and supports elected and appointed officials and public sector administrators and managers already in public service through its Public Leadership programs. 


Office of Court ADR
Maine Administrative Office of the Courts
Diane Kenty    Director of Court ADR
P.O. Box 4820
Portland, ME 04112-4820
fax 207-822-0781

Provides a mediation roster for Domestic Relations, Small Claims, Land Use and Environmental, and General Civil litigation. 

Univeristy of Southern Maine
Muskie School of Public Service, Community Planning and Development
Dr. Jack Kartez    Professor
University of Southern Maine
PO Box 9300
Portland, ME 04104
fax 207-780-4417

Provides policymakers, practitioners and the general public with information and analysis to educate and inform decision-making and implementation. Public forums and events inform and engage the community and provide a non-partisan meeting ground for discussion and debate. Also provides training in consensus building and leadership to many of the Muskie School's external constituencies. 

University of Maine Cooperative Extension
Maine Solutions
Ron Beard    Coordinator
Hancock County Office
63 Boggy Brook Road
Ellsworth, ME 04605-9540

The mission of Maine Solutions is to address community-based issues through sustainable solutions that support social, economic, environmental, and community objectives. These solutions are built through the collaborative efforts of businesses, government, and non-profit organizations. Maine Solutions provides the mechanism and the place for this type of problem-solving to occur.  


Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office (MACRO)
Rachel Wohl    Executive Director
903 Commerce Road
Annapolis, MD 21401
fax 410-260-3541

Advances appropriate alternatives to litigation and alternatives to violence throughout Maryland�s courts, neighborhoods, businesses, schools, government agencies, criminal and juvenile justice programs and businesses. Created in 1998 by the Chief Judge of Maryland�s highest appellate court, this forty-member Commission includes judges, public officials, legislators, lawyers, ADR practitioners, community members, business representatives, educators and others. The Commission developed and is now implementing a practical action plan entitled "Join The Resolution." 

University of Baltimore
The Center for Negotiations and Conflict Management
Don Mulcahey    Director
University of Baltimore
1420 N. Charles
Baltimore, MD 21201

The center provides education, training and services in the broad field of negotiations and conflict prevention, management and resolution.  

University of Maryland School of Law
Program on Dispute Resolution
Roger Wolf    Director
500 W. Baltimore St.
Baltimore, MD 21201

Provides services to the courts, with plans to become a major service provider to state agencies. Produces a directory of Maryland ADR practitioners which is available to state agencies and other interested groups and individuals. 


MIT- Harvard - Tufts
Public Disputes Program
Larry Susskind and William Moomaw    Co-Directors
513 Pound Hall
Harvard Law School
Cambridge, MA 02138
fax 617-495-7818

PDP is based at the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School (PON). PON is an inter-university consortium (Harvard, MIT, and Tufts) devoted to improving the theory and practice of dispute resolution. PDP's goal is primarily theory-building. To apply the ideas developed at PDP, PDP has spun off The Consensus Building Institute (CBI). This is a not-for-profit firm, established in 1993, that provides dispute resolution services around the world. 

Tufts University
Democracy Imperative
Nancy Thomas    Co-Director
Medforc, MA 02155

We are a network. Our members share an interest in education for a more deliberative democracy and work together to share ideas; steward and distribute knowledge; develop, validate, and disseminate practices; and encourage innovation. Members contribute resources. Members facilitate smaller communities of practice and help with TDI projects. Members host regional gatherings and get together at TDI-sponsored sessions at national conferences. Members play an active role in reaching out to others to be part of this national movement. We are a resource to individuals and institutions. In addition to the resources on this web site, we sponsor workshops, sessions at national conferences, projects, and Webinars. We provide tailored institutional support to interested colleges and universities. We are advocates for change in higher education. 

University of Massachusetts - Boston
*Massachusetts Office of Public Collaboration
Susan M. Jeghelian    Executive Director
100 Morrissey Boulevard
McCormack Building, Room 627
Boston, MA 02125
fax 617-287-4049

In partnership with the University of Massachusetts-Boston, MOPC provides research opportunities for faculty, and practical training and internships for students on multi-party public policy disputes and the use of collaborative approaches in the public sector. It provides a variety of ADR services to all branches of state government and municipalities. Primary Activities: Policy Development, Implementation of Policy, Training (short-term), Evaluation, Project Management and Technical Assistance. Primary Audiences: University (administration), Elected Officials (state and local/city), Agency Officials (state and local/city), Nonprofits, Foundations and Businesses.  


State Court Administrative Office
Office of Dispute Resolution
Douglas Van Epps    Director
Box 30048
Lansing, MI 48915
fax 517-373-5748

Develops dispute resolution practices and protocols for the state trial courts and provides training for judicial staff. The office also provides mediation services and technical assistance to state agencies. 

University of Michigan
Ecosystem Management Initiatve
Steven L. Yaffee    Director
Dana Building
430 E. University
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1115
fax 734-615-7100

Research and training in collaboration and negotiation, including a recent partnership with the USDA Forest Service to develop a collaboration and partnership resource website that includes case studies highlighting collaborative ecosystem-management efforts and lessons learned from a broad set of partnerships. The Ecosystem Management Initiative is housed in the School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE) at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. 


Hamline University
School of Law
Larry Bakken    Professor
1536 Hewitt Avenue South
St. Paul, MN 55104
fax 651-523-2236

Offers DR training for lawyers, law students, and other professionals. Provides evaluation services for the Minnesota Supreme Court. Students in the program provide ADR services for the state Department of Human Resources as well as conciliation services for several county courts.  

University of Minnesota
Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs
John Bryson    Associate Dean for Research and Centers
Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs
301 19th Ave. South
Minneapolis, MN 55455

The Institute integrates public engagement and scholarship to address important issues facing Minnesota, the nation, and the world in a non-partisan setting. The Center for the Study of Politics and Governance plays a convening role, bringing academics and community leaders together for public decision-making and problem-solving and offering a wide array of public events and programs to promote an informed and engaged citizenry. The Center for Democracy and Citizenship develops citizenship initiatives around the concept of public work. 


University of Missouri Columbia
Center for Dispute Resolution
Robert Bailey    Director
217 Hulston Hall
Columbia, MO 65211
fax 573-882-4984

The Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution (CSDR) was established in 1984 within the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law to promote greater understanding of conflict and conflict resolution in the legal profession and in society at large and to develop new forms of lawyering.  

University of Missouri Extension
Community Development Program
Sandra Hodge    Extension Associate Professor
University of Missouri - Columbia, CAFNR Rural Sociology
213 Gentry Hall
Columbia, MO 65211
fax 573-884-4444

University of Missouri Extension helps people create communities of the future. Community development education helps citizens tap into local strengths and University resources. Community Development is divided into five major themes:Community Leadership Development, Community Decision Making, Economic Viability, Building Inclusive Communities, and Community Emergency Preparedness. Provides programs and curriculum materials for training communities in deliberative methods and moderating skills for public forums. 

University of Missouri Extension
Public Policy Research Center
Miranda Duncan    Community Development Specialist
One University Blvd
Room 362 Social Science & Business Bldg
St. Louis, MO 63121
fax 314-516-5268

The Center works closely with faculty from all UM-St. Louis colleges, and with other University centers and institutes. PPRC focuses its resources on issues related to neighborhood and community development; economic vitality; governance (at the local, county, and regional levels); land-use and transportation policy planning; and health, education and social policy. PPRC resources are primarily focused on the bi-state, metropolitan St. Louis region. Despite this geographic focus, the Center occasionally engages in state, national or international projects if they fall within the mission. 


University of Montana
Center for Natural Resources and Environmental Policy
Matthew McKinney    Director
516 N. Park Avenue
Helena, MT 59601

The Center for Natural Resources and Environmental Policy is an applied research and education center at The University of Montana. The Center is impartial and non-partisan. It is not an advocate for any particular interest or outcome. The goal of the Center is to shape policy for people and places – including urban, rural, working, and wild landscapes. We believe that the most effective way to do this is through public processes that are well informed and provide meaningful opportunities for all interested citizens, stakeholders, and decision-makers to participate.  


*The Werner Institute for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution
Palma Strand    
Creighton University School of Law
2500 California Plaza
Omaha, NE 68178

The Werner Institute for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution at Creighton University School of Law delivers facilitation, mediation, and consulting services to public stakeholders and policymakers through the Public Issues Collaboration Initiative (PIC). PIC provides leadership, expertise and assistance to public policymakers and stakeholders who wish to achieve effective collaborations and avert costly, prolonged, unproductive disputes. Primary Activities: Policy Development, Implementation of Policy, Teaching (graduate and undergraduate courses), Training (short-term) and Project Management. Primary Audiences: University (faculty and graduate students), Elected Officials (state, county, local/city), Agency Officials (state, county, local/city), Nonprofits, Foundations and K-12 Education.  

Office of Dispute Resolution
Debora Brownyard    Director
521 South 14th Street, Suite 200
Lincoln, NE 68508
fax 402-471-3071

Unique public/private partnership with 6 community-based mediation centers covering the entire state. 

University of Nebraska
*Public Policy Center - Public Participation
Alan Tomkins    Director
215 Centennial Mall South
Suite 401
Lincoln, NE 68588-0228
fax 402-472-5679

At the heart of nearly all the Public Policy Center’s activities is the belief that the public is an important stakeholder in policy decisions. The Public Policy Center enriches policy dialogue through deliberative discussions, information seminars and presentations, community conversations, and surveys. These dialogues and information sharing sessions often include policymakers and have resulted in changes in policy and a more informed and engaged public. 

University of Nebraska Omaha
College of Public Affairs and Community Service
BJ Reed    Dean
CPACS Deans Office 6001 Dodge Street - Annex 26
University of Nebraska at Omaha
Omaha, NE 68182
fax 402-554-4871

CPACS engages with the community through a wide array of community and outreach programs and partnerships. 


University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law
Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution
Jean R. Sternlight    Director
4505 Maryland Parkway, Box 451003
Las Vegas, NV 89154-1003
fax 702-895-2482

The Center provides courses, symposia, and trainings related to conflict resolution while fostering scholarship and law reform work in the field.  

New Jersey

Rutgers University
Center for Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
Sanford Jaffe    Director
Civic Square, Suite 104
33 Livingston Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1958
fax 732-932-2493

Serves as a resource both in and outside New Jersey for those interested in the theory and practice of conflict resolution. CNCR offers seminars, lectures, conferences and customized programs. It also works with groups that have a vital interest in improving the way disputes are managed, such as the judiciary, the Office of the Attorney-General, state government and bar associations. Primary Activities: Policy Development, Teaching (graduate and undergraduate courses), Training (short-term), Research and Technical Assistance. Primary Audiences: University (administration, faculty, undergraduate students, graduate students), Elected Officials (state and county), Nonprofits, Foundations, Businesses and K-12 Education.  

New Mexico

University of New Mexico School of Law
Insitute of Public Law
MSC 11 6060
1 University of New Mexico
Alburquerque, NM 81313-0001
fax 505-277-7064

Through regional seminars and an online course, the Institute of Public Law's Judicial Education Center supports the introduction of Alternative Dispute Resolution mechanisms into the judicial system. IPL works with community groups to train members on how to achieve their public policy agenda by using advocacy techniques, including town meetings or using other techniques to assess what the group members would like to achieve in terms of public policy, legislative or administrative advocacy, social marketing to change individual behavior in public policy and dissemination of information critical to citizens in order to make informed policy choices. Primary Activities: Policy Development, Implementation of Policy, Training (short-term), Project Management and Technical Assistance. Primary Audiences: State Elected and Agency Officials, Nonprofits and Foundations. Activities in Development: Teaching and Research. Audiences in Development: Elected Officials and Agency Officials. 

New York

New York University, Wagner Graduate School of Public Service
The Program on Negotiation and Conflict Resolution (PNCR)
Allen Zerkin J.D.    
Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service
295 Lafayette St.
New York, NY 10012
fax 212-995-3890

The PNCR, often working in collaboration with other components of the university, serves as a convenor of consensus building processes and dialogues related to public policy and public affairs. Applications have included consensus development of legislation and regulations, sponsorship of fora for developing greater understanding of policy issues, mediation of local or organizational disputes, planning and implementation of public participation programs, and facilitation of meetings.  

State University New York
College of Enviromental Science and Forestry
Sue Senecah    Associate Professor
109 Marshall Hall
1 Forestry Drive
Syracuse, NY 13210
(315) 470-65


Syracuse University
*Program on the Analysis and Resolution of Conflicts
Tina Nabatchi     Faculty
400 Eggers Hall
Syracuse, NY 13244-1090
fax 315-443-3818


University at Albany - State University of New York
Center for Policy Research
Sandor P. Schuman    Research Associate
Milne Hall 300
135 Western Ave.
Albany, NY 12222
fax 518-442-3398

The Center for Policy Research was formally established in September 1987. The primary focus of the Center is for public policy research and analysis within the University community. It serves multidisciplinary, cross-departmental, and University-wide roles, and promotes the goal of increasing the University's level of sponsored research activity. The Center promotes, encourages, and supports significant policy-related research of both fundamental and applied character. Research focusing on issues at all levels of government (international, national, state, regional, and local) is encouraged. 

North Carolina

*Natural Resources Leadership Institute
NC Cooperative Extension and Extension Organizational Development
Mary Lou Addor    Director
North Carolina State University
Box 7569, 214 Patterson Hall
Raleigh, NC 27695-8109

Provides training and development in public dispute resolution and participatory decision-making to extension educators, government agency staff, elected officials and citizens. Cooperative Extension also provides facilitation and mediation assistance to government organizations and others for managing conflict over environmental issues, and aiding collaborative decision-making. Offers a leadership development program with a focus on conflict resolution and collaborative problem solving. Primary Activities: Policy Development, Implementation of Policy, Teaching (graduate and undergraduate courses), Training (short-term), Evaluation and Project Management. Primary Audiences: Elected Officials (state, county, local/city), Agency Officials (federal, state, county), Non-profits organizations and Business and Industry.  

University of North Carolina
*Public Dispute Resolution Program
John B. Stephens    Assistant Professor
Institute of Government
Campus Box 3330, Knapp Building
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3330
fax 919-962-2705

Resources in North Carolina for dispute resolution. Primary Activities: Policy Development, Implementation of Policy, Teaching (graduate and undergraduate courses), Training (short-term), Research, Evaluation, Project Management and Technical Assistance. Primary Audiences: University (graduate students), Elected Officials (state, county, local/city), Agency Officials (state, county, local/city), Nonprofits and Foundations.  

North Dakota

The Consensus Council, Inc.
Rose Stoller    Executive Director
1003 Interstate Avenue, Suite 7
Bismarck, ND 58503-0500
fax 701-224-0787

Provides broad dispute resolution services at the state, regional and local levels.  


Cleveland State Universtity
Levin College Forum
Kathy Hexter    
2121 Euclid Avenue, UR 330
Cleveland, OH 44115

Housed within Cleveland State's Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs. The Forum hosts speakers, panelists, and discussions on critical issues that impact Northeast Ohio. Since its inception in 1998, the Forum has hosted events on a broad range of civic issues including the lakefront plan, economic growth and development, affordable housing, immigration, education, the convention center, poverty, race and sustainable development. The work of the forum is based on the premise that an informed and engaged citizenry is a valuable asset for the region's future growth and prosperity. 


Oklahoma Agriculture Mediation Program
Andrea Braeutigam, J.D., LL.M.    Program Manager
2800 North Lincoln Blvd, 2nd Floor
Oklahoma City, OK 73105-4207
fax 405-521-3926

OAMP is the USDA certified mediation provider for the State of Oklahoma. Authorized by the Agricultural Credit Act of 1987 and Oklahoma statutes, mediation is an effective way to settle disputes in many different areas, including farm loans and farm programs, agricultural credit issues, and agriculturally and environmentally related issues. OAMP helps agricultural producers, their lenders, and other people who have received an adverse decision from the USDA resolve their disputes without a hearing or appeal. OAMP provides free mediation services to all individuals, businesses and state and federal agencies that are engaged in production agriculture, and agriculturally or environmentally related activities. Our professional mediators and facilitators work across the state.  


Portland State University
*Oregon Consensus
Laurel Singer    Program Director
Hatfield School of Government
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. Primary Activities: Policy Development, Training (short-term), Research, Evaluation, Project Management, Technical Assistance and Collaborative Planning/Problem Solving. Primary Audiences: University (graduate students), Elected Officials (state, county, local/city), Agency Officials (state, county, local/city, federal), Nonprofits, Foundations and Businesses.  

Portland State University
*Oregon Solutions
Beverly Stein    Research and Development Director
Hatfield School of Government
NPCC - 720 URBN, PO 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. Primary Activities: Implementation of Policy, Training (short-term) and Project Management. Primary Audiences: University (graduate students), Elected Officials (state, county, local/city), Agency Officials (state, county, local/city), Nonprofits, Foundations and Businesses. Activities in Development: Evaluation. Audiences in Development: K-12 Education.  

University of Oregon School of Law
Appropriate Dispute Resolution Center
1515 Agate Street
Eugene, OR 97403

The ADR Center promotes wisdom in handling conflict. Established in 2002, the Center is housed in the University of Oregon School of Law. We serve the entire university, as well as the state of Oregon. Housed out of the Appropriate Dispute Resolution Center of the University of Oregon's School of Law are: the Oregon Office for Community Dispute Resolution administrates state funds to 20 community programs in 25 Oregon counties; Conflict and Dispute Resolution Masters degree program; Competition Not Conflict, an initiative to reduce destructive conflict in sport and to promote the positive values of competition. Primary Activities: Teaching (graduate and undergraduate courses), Training (short-term) and Research. Primary Audiences: University (administration, faculty, graduate students).  


Pennsylvania State University
Center for Research in Conflict Negotiation
Barbara Gray    Director
Smeal College of Business
485B Business Building
University Park, PA 16802-1913
fax 814-865-0123

Conducts research on conflict, negotiation, coalition formation, and multiparty collaboration. Also provides DR services including training, facilitation, mediation, conflict assessment and organizational development to a variety of academic and administrative units across the university as well as to public and private organizations within Pennsylvania and throughout the world. 

University of Pennsylvania
Civic Engagement Project - Fels Institute of Government
Harris Sokoloff    Director
Fels Institute of Government
3814 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6197
fax 215-898-1202

Project convenes forums with hundreds of civic leaders and ordinary citizens, to identify the key issues the region needs to work on to get there. It also includes reporting, research and public forums on possible solutions and innovations that have worked, in Philadelphia or elsewhere. 


University of Texas Law School
*Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution
Susan Schultz and Suzanne Schwartz    Program Managers
727 E. Dean Keeton
Austin, TX 78705
512- 471-350
fax 512-232-1191

Provides conflict resolution services, including education and training. The Center is a not-for-profit organization of professionals who focus on state and local government and are dedicated to the stewardship of conflict resolution in state and local government, the UT community, and the public.  


University of Utah
*Environmental Dispute Resolution Program
Michele Straube    Director
University of Utah
332 S. 1400 E., Room 101
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-0730
fax 801-581-6897

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. 

Utah Intergovernmental Roundtable
Center for Public Policy and Administration
David Patton, Ph.D.    Director
University of Utah
260 S. Central Campus Drive, Room 214
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-9154
fax 801-585-5489

The mission of the Utah Intergovernmental Roundtable is to facilitate discussion and promote understanding of intergovernmental issues to enhance the cooperation and interaction of governmental entities. The Roundtable is administered by the Center for Public Policy and Administration at the University of Utah. 


Woodbury College
Dispute Resolution Center
Neal Rodar    Director
660 Elm St.
Montpelier, VT 05602
fax 800-820-0442

In addition to mediation services, the Woodbury Dispute Resolution Center also offers meeting facilitation, program consultation, training and workshops. 


George Mason University
Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution
Sara Cobb    Director
3401 N. Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA 22201
fax 703-993-1302

ICAR is an academic resource for people and institutions worldwide. It comprises a community of scholars, graduate students, alumni, practitioners, and organizations in the field of peace making and conflict resolution. Advances the understanding of conflicts between individuals, groups, organizations, and communities in the United States and all over the world through research, teaching, practice, and outreach; Studies the nature, origins, and types of social conflicts; Develops processes and conditions for the resolution of conflicts. 

University of Virginia
*Institute for Environmental Negotiation
Frank Dukes    Director
104 Emmet Street
Charlottesville, VA 22903

Works with localities, state and federal agencies, citizen organizations, and businesses to resolve conflicts and build consensus for complex policy choices involving land use and the natural and built environment. IEN is affiliated with the Department of Urban and Environmental Planning in the University of Virginia School of Architecture. 

Virginia Interagency ADR Advisory Council
The Honorable Sandra D. Bowen    Secretary of Administration (Council Chair)
Patrick Henry Building, Third Floor
1111 East Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23219
fax 804-371-0038

As charged by the Virginia Administrative Dispute Resolution Act, provides guidance and training to state agencies in using collaborative practices and ADR across a broad range of governmental functions. Composed of private sector members appointed by the Governor, agency representatives appointed by each Cabinet Secretary, and liaison representatives from the Office of the Attorney General.  


Natural Resources Leadership Academy
Washington State University
Michael Gaffney    Associate Director
Cooperative Extension Program
P.O. Box 644870
Pullman, WA 99164
fax 509-335-2362

The Pacific Northwest Natural Resources Leadership Academy provides training in collaborative leadership skills to state and federal resource protection and program/policy professionals involving interest based problem solving, collaboration, group facilitation, community oriented resource protection modeling and advanced communication skills. 

Washington State University and University of Washington
*William D. Ruckelshaus Center
Michael Kern     Director
Washington State University Extension
Hulbert Hall 215, PO Box 646248
Pullman, WA 99164-6230
fax 509-335-2926

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. Primary Activities: Policy Development, Implementation of Policy, Teaching (graduate and undergraduate courses), Training (short-term), Research, Evaluation and Project Management. Primary Audiences: Elected Officials (state, county, local/city), Agency Officials (state, county, local/city), Nonprofits, Foundations and Businesses.  


University of Wyoming
*Haub School and Ruckelshaus Institute of Environment and Natural Resources
Steve Smutko    
Dept. 3971
1000 E. University Ave.
Laramie, WY 82071
fax 307-766-5099

The Ruckelshaus Institute helps to assure informed decision-making on environmental and natural resource issues affecting the West by promoting collaborative approaches that sustain both the economy and the environment. Primary Activities: Teaching (graduate and undergraduate courses), Research and Evaluation. Primary Audiences: University (undergraduate and graduate students), Elected Officials (state, county, local/city), Agency Officials (state and county), Nonprofits and Foundations. Activities in Development: Training (short-term). Audiences in Development: Businesses.