Spring 2011 Proceedings Report CoverPCI Spring 2011 Symposium Proceedings Report: Accelerating Project Delivery through Intergovernmental Collaboration

In 2011, PCI, in partnership with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), convened a symposium in Washington, D.C. to examine how intergovernmental collaboration is currently used and can be used to accelerate project delivery in states and communities across the country.  The PCI Board of Directors, which is made up of state and local leaders as well as experts from the field of collaborative governance, brought together a group of federal agency managers from across departments and programs.  The symposium aimed to address or identify:

  • Federal initiatives relevant to the topic, including the Interagency Partnership for Sustainable Communities and the Economic Development Administration’s Regional Innovation Clusters
  • Lessons learned
  • Barriers to intergovernmental collaboration and acceleration
  • Opportunities to apply models of intergovernmental collaboration to accelerate project delivery
  • Appropriate next steps for PCI and federal agencies

The day-long symposium provided a forum for national experts to share the stories of federal initiatives, projects, and programs and to engage other participants and PCI board members in discussions leading to findings and recommendations for next steps.

UNCG Guide to Collaborative CompetenciesUNCG Guide to Collaborative Competencies

In 2011, the University Network for Collaborative Governance and PCI jointly published this guide to help build collaborative competencies within the private, public and civic sectors. Co-authored by the University of Wyoming's Dr. Steven Smutko and the University of Arizona's Kirk Emerson, the 28 page UNCG Guide to Collaborative Competencies is intended primarily for use by public officials and managers who are seeking to improve their own or their staff's collaborative competence through continuing education and training. This guide should also be useful to professional trainers within and beyond UNCG as well as university faculty who are preparing the next generation for public service. An excerpt (624KB PDF) is available for download. Order a copy of the Guide.

Cover of Regional Transportation and Land Use Decision Making in Metropolitan Regions Report and ProceedingsRegional Transportation and Land Use Decision Making in Metropolitan Regions: Report and Forum Proceedings

In 2010, an interdisciplinary team from NPCC and the Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management at the University of Oregon conducted a study examining the arrangements and mechanisms for integrating land use and transportation in metropolitan regions and assessing these arrangements based on current practice and future potential.  The four case study regions were: Portland, Oregon; Puget Sound, WA; San Diego, CA, and Denver, CO. The methods used in this study included a research forum held in September, 2010 in Portland, Oregon to share findings, discuss implications, identify lessons learned and develop best practices. The Forum was funded by the Federal Highway Administration STEP Research Program, the Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium (OTREC) the Oregon Department of Transportation, the University of Oregon and Portland State University.

Research Report (440KB PDF)

Forum Proceedings (Appendixes A and B) (284KB PDF)

Appendix C: Forum Presentations

Integrating Collaborative Activities

Intregrating Collaborative Activities: Public Deliberation with Stakeholder Processes

This 38 page report by NPCC explores how leaders can create even better solutions by combining collaborative governance activities - engaging the public in discussion and implementing their ideas through a representative group of stakeholders. The report examines cases in the United States where public deliberation has been integrated with such stakeholder processes. The examples illustrate what can be gained by integrating public deliberation and stakeholder processes, and when and how those collaborative governance activities should be combined. The report concludes with recommendations for how future collaborative efforts can be shaped to maximize their benefits. 738KB PDF


Environmental Enforcement Solutions

Environmental Enforcement Solutions: How Collaborative SEPs Enhance Community Benefits

In 2006, NPCC and the United State Environmental Protection Agency co-hosted a colloquium to consider whether collaborative approaches would allow Supplemental Environmental Projects (SEPs) to leverage environmental, public health, economic, and social benetits for communities affected by environmental law violations. SEPs are environmentally beneficial projects that violators of environmental laws voluntarily undertake in partial remission of fines and penalties.  The report makes recommendations to Federal and State environmental agencies to expand the use of collaborative approaches in negotiating SEPs to increase their value to the affected communities. This 32 page report is an outgrowth of that colloquium. 1014KB PDF

Transportation Collaboration in the States

Transportation Collaboration in the States

This 36 page report was prepared by the National Policy Consensus Center (NPCC) for the Federal Highway Administration Office of Project Development and Environmental Review. An NPCC team developed an assessment tool and interviewed state officials and other stakeholders during site visits to four states: Massachusetts, North Carolina, Utah, and Virginia. The report was designed to collect information in four areas of interest: (1) issues, barriers and obstacles to transportation planning and project development; (2) current communication and coordination methods; (3) use of collaborative approaches; and (4) future opportunities for collaboration and training. The report also identifies recurring issues faced by states in undertaking collaborative work and provides recommendations for next steps. 264KB PDF

Legislators at a Crossroads

Legislators at a Crossroads: Making Choices to Work Differently

A PCI report on the emerging role of legislators. The 17-page booklet is based on 8 years of research working on collaborative governance with state legislators and interviews with ten former and current state legislators. 2.7MB PDF

Finding Better Ways to Solve Public Problems: The emerging role of universities as neutral forums for collaborative policymaking

Finding Better Ways to Solve Public Problems:
The emerging role of universities as
neutral forums for collaborative policymaking

A report on the emerging role of universities as forums for collaborative approaches to public policymaking. The 20-page booklet is based on a PCI survey of 42 dispute resolution and consensus building programs housed in universities in 35 states. 406KB PDF

Governing Tools

Governing Tools for the 21st Century
How State Leaders Are Using Collaborative Problem Solving and Dispute Resolution

A 12-page overview of how state leaders are using collaborative problem solving and dispute resolution. Describes the range of ways state agencies across the country are employing these tools in their day-to-day operations. 545KB PDF

States Mediating Change: Improving Governance through Collaboration

States Mediating Change:
Improving Governance through Collaboration (2001)

12-page report on six states that were successful in using collaborative approaches to resolve complex multiparty disputes in the areas of transportation, human services, and the environment. 702KB PDF

SOLUTIONS: Executive Orders

SOLUTIONS to establishing sound government DR practices:
"Executive Orders" (2000)

Order Now

This report describes experiences of states that have implemented dispute resolution Executive Orders (EOs), including lessons learned, examples of different states' EOs, and ideas for drafting the most effective orders. 124KB PDF

States Mediating Change: Improving Governance through Collaboration

States Mediating Solutions to Environmental Disputes (1999)

12-page report on how five states used consensus building tools to resolve complex, and often highly controversial, environmental disputes. 393KB PDF

States Mediating Change: Using Consensus Tools in New Ways

States Mediating Change:
Using Consensus Toolsin New Ways (1998)

A 12-page report for governors, attorneys general, legislators and other state officials describing how states can benefit by using conflict resolution tools to deal with policy differences and disputes. 435KB PDF

Transportation Solutions

Transportation Solutions:
Collaborative Problem Solving for States and Communities

In April 2003, NPCC hosted a colloquium for people involved in transportation collaborations—federal and state agency representatives, consultants, dispute resolution professionals, and representatives from professional associations and local planning organizations. The aim of the colloquium was to identify lessons learned from successful transportation initiatives, and to develop recommendations for governors and other state officials on ways to enhance the use and effectiveness of transportation partnerships and collaborations. This report is an outgrowth of that colloquium. 1.09MB PDF

Watershed Solutions

Watershed Solutions:
Collaborative Problem Solving for States and Communities

In July 2002, NPCC hosted a colloquium for people involved in watershed collaborations, academics, and other experts from government and non-profit organizations. Its aim was to identify lessons learned from successful watershed initiatives, and to develop recommendations for governors and other state officials on ways to enhance the use and effectiveness of watershed partnerships. This report is an outgrowth of that colloquium. 348KB PDF

Building Trust

Building Trust:
When Knowledge from "Here" Meets Knowledge from "Away"

Peter Adler of The Keystone Center and Juliana Birkhoff of RESOLVE authored this 15-page guide, which describes 20 ways environmental stakeholder groups can talk more effectively with one other. A valuable resource for both facilitators and environmentalists. 451KB PDF

An Overview of State Dispute Resolution Programs (1998)

Prepared for the Policy Consensus Initiative by Jill Purdy, Ph.D., this report provides a summary of information about state dispute resolution programs. Three key questions are dealt with: 1) Where are state dispute resolution programs located? 2) How are they funded? 3) How is support built for these programs?

Report on Barriers to the Use of ADR in States and Approaches for Overcoming them

A brief summary of the barriers identified by the Work Group and ways for addressing them. Discussion on these points was informed by a 1998 survey of state disputed resolution centers about barriers they face, research on prior published works about barriers, and the Work Group members' experiences.

Managing Scientific & Technical Information in Environmental Cases

Working Group; Peter S. Adler, Robert Barrett, Martha C. Bean, Juliana Birkhoff, and Emily Rudin.
469 KB PDF

Consensus Building Tools for New Challenges at the State & Local Levels

by Robert Jones

New Negotiating Tools For Governors

By Howard S. Bellman and William R. Drake

Governing as an ADR Process

By Mario M. Cuomo

From Conflict to Collaboration: Restoring Trust in Government

By William D. Ruckelshaus

The Power to Convene

By Christine Carlson and Greg Wolf
1.6 MB PDF