National Policy Consensus Center
Building Capacity for Solving Community Challenges Together

The National Policy Consensus Center, in the Hatfield School of Government, is a leader nationally and in Oregon for providing the knowledge, skills, and approaches needed for communities, leaders, and organizations from all sectors to address challenges together. We provide the following:


Programs for

Community Solutions

We have state and national programs that help diverse communities work together to develop public policy, resolve conflict, and leverage resources to implement community-based solutions.

Education and Training

We offer an Online Collaborative Governance Graduate Certificate. We also teach collaborative decision making and collaborative action in our customized professional training.

  Research and Publications

We conduct research and produce publications to identify success factors and share the best practices for collaborative action.





Contact us at (503) 725-9077 or to find out how we can serve you.

Online Collaborative Governance Graduate Certificate

Register now for the winter term course

PA 576: Collaborative Governance Process and Systems (3 credits)
This skills-based course focuses on the assessment, organization, and phases of facilitating collaborative agreement-seeking processes, emphasizing techniques and challenges for reaching mutually satisfying agreements, including how to frame an issue to increase the group's chance for success. 

Deadline to apply for the winter term: October 15, 2018
Classes begin: January 7, 2019. To register, see our certificate admission page.

For information about the online Collaborative Governance Graduate Certificate see our certificate page. Also, watch the video to learn more about how collaborative governance and the certificate program are making a difference.


Great things are happening at NPCC

Jurisdictions, organizations sign Declaration of Cooperation to address flooding
Oregon Solutions project, the Urban-Rural Institute, bridges the east/west divide - the LaGrande Observer
NPCC will help lead Divided Community Project pilot
NPCC senior fellow is researching Oregon collaborative systems
Project Manager Michael Mills selected for leadership mission to Qatar
New blog post - The Role of Altruism in Collaboration
The Willamette Falls Locks Commission (WFLC) invites public testimony regarding the future of the locks. Read about how to submit comments.

More NPCC news


Visit our collaborative governance blog.