Collaborative Problem Solving

At the foundation of all conservation efforts is the need to arrive at “consent” with all affected parties on the issues they are confronting.  Conservation planning, design, and delivery cannot proceed strategically nor can they, with any certainty of success, move forward without all parties consent on the issues.

Collaboration is the critical first step in the process of all conservation efforts.  This is particularly true of adaptive management and landscape level conservation using the Strategic Habitat Conservation framework.  Through collaboration, the issues are agreed upon and then work can proceed using a structured decision making process during the planning phase of the framework.

Here is a list of courses available through NCTC that can help build collaborative skills.  Also included is a list of links to collaboration resources available:

NCTC Courses

Links to Collaboration Training and Practitioner Resources

http://www.fort.usgs.gov/Products/Training/NegTraining/
Fort Negotiation Training - USGS, Fort Collins, CO  - 3 training courses available

  • Negotiation Skills for Natural Resource Professionals: Building a Foundation
  • Strategies and Tactics for the Experienced Natural Resource Negotiator
  • Legal-Institutional Analysis Model (LIAM) Training

http://ecr.gov/training/questionnaire.aspx
U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution - 7 training courses available

  • Collaborative Competencies
  • Interest-Based Negotiation of Environmental Issues
  • Introduction to Managing Environmental Conflict
  • Laying the Groundwork for Effective Government-to-Government Consultation
  • Collaboration in NEPA
  • Advanced Multi-Party Negotiation of Environmental Disputes
  • Facilitative Leadership in ECR

http://www.iap2.org/
International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) - 3 training courses for practitioners – a certificate program

http://web.mit.edu/dusp/epp/music/
MIT/USGS - A source of resources for practitioners

http://www.snre.umich.edu/ecomgt/
University of Michigan - in addition to undergraduate and graduate programs in collaboration, University of Michigan offers a variety of mid-career training courses

https://www.cce.csus.edu/collaborative
Sacramento State University, Center for Collaborative Policy, offers a variety of training opportunities in Collaboration

http://www.epa.gov/publicinvolvement/
EPA has the most comprehensive listing of courses available, listed by desired skills:

Training By Skills Desired

http://www.epa.gov/adr/
EPA training
Alternative Dispute Resolution Training

http://www.partnershipresourcecenter.org/
US Forest Service Partnership Resource Center – a source of resources for practitioners

http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/pubinv2.htm
Federal Highway Administration – a source of resources for practitioners

http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/hep/lowlim/index.htm
A resource

http://www.policyconsensus.org/
National Policy Consensus Center (NPCC) – a source of resources for practitioners and currently developing/offering training in partnership with Portland State University, Oregon Consensus, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service

http://www.policyconsensus.org/uncg/index.html
University Network for Collaborative Governance – a source of resources for practitioners

http://www.reo.gov/cispus/
THE CISPUS WORKSHOP:
Connecting People - Developing Partnership Skills - Strengthening Group Effectiveness to Improve Resource Management

http://www.nicholas.duke.edu/del/del-mem/objectives.html
Duke University continuing education program - Duke Environmental Leadership Program – several courses

  • Scoping, Public Involvement and Environmental Justice

http://www.eli.pdx.edu/
Portland State University, Executive Leadership Institute – a variety of graduate programs and continuing education

  • Introduction to Collaborative Governance (mentioned above under NPCC)

http://www.humanwildlifeconflict.org/Training.htm
Human-Wildlife Conflict Collaboration – a non-government organization – at least 1 training course offered

  • Conservation and Conflict: An Experiential Training in the Skills, Theory and Process Conservation Professionals Need to Better Analyze and Address Conflict

http://www.disres.umb.edu/
University of Massachusetts – Boston
Offers a graduate program in Dispute Resolution