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Home of the Policy Consensus Initiative and the National Policy Consensus Center. The Policy Consensus Initiative is a national nonprofit organization that works with states to promote collaboration to achieve more effective governance. The National Policy Consensus Center provides assistance to state leaders in addressing difficult policy issues using consensus-based governing models.


To play a catalytic role in helping state leaders develop a collaborative system of governance, PCI and NPCC:

  • Create and support collaborative governance capacities, structures, and networks in states
  • Offer a nationally recognized source of information on collaborative governance, consensus building, and conflict resolution
  • Demonstrate effectiveness of collaborative, consensus based processes
  • Support and foster state leaders who champion these approaches


Consultation and Technical Assistance…

We work with state leaders throughout the country to initiate and strengthen programs for collaborative governance and consensus building. This assistance takes many forms, including strategizing with state officials on ways to apply collaborative governance; co-sponsoring conferences and workshops; providing information, resources, and training; and assisting with policy and program development.

Joint Projects…

We partner with other organizations to explore and demonstrate how states can work on public problems collaboratively with federal, regional, and local agencies and civic and private sector organizations.


We develop and maintain communication networks to help leaders and programs exchange ideas and information. We also maintain a directory of state programs providing collaborative problem solving and conflict resolution services.

Information Resources…

We produce and distribute a range of tools and resources, including publications and videos, that promote best practices and provide guidance on the use of collaborative governance.

Workshops and Trainings…

We develop and deliver education and training programs for leaders in the use of collaborative governance practices. Recent workshops include "Beyond Bickering" for the Minnesota and Arkansas state legislatures, and a workshop for university programs on collaborative governance and public policy consensus building.

In addition, PCI and NPCC:

Conduct Applied Research and Development on key issues facing states, and ways of applying collaborative processes to address and resolve them.

Provide Forums, Colloquia, and Seminars to explore and exchange information and develop consensus-based governing models and systems.

Host Programs and Projects that help state leaders work with communities to solve problems collaboratively by integrating public, private, and non-profit resources. The Public Solutions System and the newly established "Community Solutions Partnership" serve as demonstration projects aimed at developing collaboration as a tool of governance.

Resource Link: www.policyconsensus.org

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