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.

Free Guide to Building a Collaborative Governance Framework

As collaborative governance groups form and evolve, they increasingly need a clearly articulated organizational structure. A collaborative governance framework is an organizational structure that shapes, supports, and describes the relationships, methods, and outputs of a collaborative governance group. In general, the collaborative governance framework is articulated in one or more governance documents. This free manual walks collaborative groups through the process of identifying purpose, developing a collaborative framework, and crafting governance documents. NPCC provides technical assistance to help collaborative groups build their collaborative governance framework and governance documents. Learn more and download the guide.


NPCC Office Closed until Further Notice Due to Covid-19

The NPCC main office continues to be closed based on recommended guidelines and executive orders for reducing the spread of the coronavirus. Services and programs will continue to operate as always with staff working remotely. Staff can be reached at their PSU email addresses and will return messages left on their office phones. (See staff contact information) Other contacts for NPCC during this time will be Laurel Singer, Executive Director, 503-784-5904, and Angela Handran, Operations Manager, 503-867-6873. 


Watch the newly released Time Magazine website feature about the Urban Rural Ambassadors Summer Institute, an NPCC Oregon Solution's project.

If you are interested in making a donation to support the Urban and Rural Ambassdors Summer Institute, contact Laurel Singer at or 503-725-8224.


Online Collaborative Governance Graduate Certificate

Spring 2020 course

PA577 Case Studies in Collaborative Governance
In this course, students will select a collaborative governance case they wish to study and analyze their case through three different practice-oriented frameworks. Each of the three frameworks is drawn from a different field of study and, as a result, will lead students to different conclusions about whether and why the collaborative effort was successful or not. In sharing their analyses through short video presentations, students are exposed to a mix of collaborative efforts drawn from a variety of policy domains and governance levels. Students will have the opportunity to discuss the implications of their analyses and draw cross-case conclusions about factors that lead to effective collaboration in online video sessions.

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.

The Blues Intergovernmental Council: Project Information

The Blues Intergovernmental Council (BIC) is the result of extensive dialogues over a period of eight months in 2019 between the county commissioners from eastern Oregon and the USDA Forest Service (USFS), initiated after the USFS withdrew the forest plan revision last year. NPCC served as facilitator for those dialogues in 2019.The purpose of the BIC as defined in the draft operating charter is to “serve as an overarching entity for planning and guidance around land management issues related to the Blue Mountain Forests (consisting of the Wallowa-Whitman, Malheur, and Umatilla Forests), including but not limited to the forest plan revisions.” 

The next meeting of the BIC is scheduled for May 26, 2020, virtually via Zoom. See the link below for more information about the meeting.

Meeting materials and more information about the BIC

Scott Fairely enjoying coffee at the campsiteScott Fairley Memorial Scholarship Fund

Long-time public servant and eastern Oregon resident, Scott Fairley, passed away unexpectedly January 7, 2020, at the age of 53. He had a reputation for being forward-thinking and not afraid to ask the hard questions. His legacy of community commitment and statewide collaboration has made Oregon a better place. The Scott Fairley Memorial Scholarship Fund honors Scott’s tireless energy and interest in open dialogue with all community members to achieve better outcomes. The fund will provide scholarships for undergraduate students of Eastern Oregon University to attend the Urban-Rural Ambassadors Summer Institute, a partnership of Portland State and Eastern Oregon University. Find out how to donate to the Scott Fairley Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Oregon Atlas of Collaboration

Collaboration has been widely used in Oregon, and in other places, in the last 30 years to discuss public policy, deliver public services, and coordinate across a region. The Atlas of Collaboration, Oregon Volume, Version 1.0, is an inventory of ongoing, state-connected collaboratives in Oregon that are associated with one of the thirteen collaborative platforms operating in five policy areas. The atlas is a joint research project of NPCC and the Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration at Syracuse University. Read more about the Atlas of Collaboration.

Urban-Rural Ambassadors Summer Institute

Portland State University and Eastern Oregon University are leading a program, along with their community partners, to provide a ten-day, six-credit residential summer institute for undergraduate students to explore urban and rural connections in Oregon, and to develop the collaborative skills to work across Oregon’s urban-rural divide. The program runs from August 24, 2020, through September 3, 2020, and course time is divided between Portland and LaGrande.

Learn more about the Urban-Rural Ambassadors Summer Institute.




Great things are happening at NPCC

NPCC Executive Directory Laurel Singer is among the "Women Who Move the City 2020." See the Portland Monthly website.
NPCC hosted "Leading Voices in Collaborative Governance: Building Hope across Divides"
Oregon Solutions Gateway Green project (an Oregon's Kitchen Table crowd funding project) continues to grow and prove a valued resource. See Willamette Week article.
"Urban-Rural Ambassador Program Bridges the Divide." See The Other Oregon website article
"Take a Seat at Oregon’s Kitchen Table: Adapting Targeted Universalism for Broad and Deep Civic Engagement" by Wendy Willis, NPCC. See the National Civic Review website article.
NPCC will present at the American Society for Public Administration 2020 Conference
PSU and Eastern Oregon urban-rural ambassador program bridges the town and country divide - PSU News
New NPCC publication - Strengthening Your Community by Tackling Challenges Together: Lessons Learned from the High Desert Partnership. Download PDF at the publications page.
Sad news- collaborative governance giant Bill Ruckelshaus dies. Read the New York Times article.
NPCC's Oregon's Kitchen Table announces grand opening of Barbara Walker Crossing (Footbridge over Burnside) (Former Oregon's Kitchen Table crowdfunding project) - Learn more about the October 27, 2019, grand opening celebration.
NPCC's Oregon's Kitchen Table releases Levee-Ready Columbia results from values and beliefs survey - Learn more about the survey results.
Oregon Solutions project leads to grant to curb woodsmoke pollution in Oakridge - Read the KLCC 89.7 artile
Read highlights of accomplishments of the NPCC project - Federal Forest Working Group in their retrospective (PDF).
Oregon's Kitchen Table noted as innovating in Times editorial - Read the article in the Times-News.
NPCC and Hillsboro partner on Civic Leadership Academy to increase diversity of boards and commissions.
NOAA Fisheries publishes phase 1 report in the Columbia Basin Partnership project, facilitated by NPCC.
PSU's Hatfield School of Government wins $1 million contract to empower Vietnam's provincial capacity and performance. Read the press release.
Elk project receives state support: Problem gets an Oregon Solutions tag - Read the article in The Astorian
New blog post - Paradise Not Lost? Saving Sagebrush Country from a Fiery Fate.
NPCC's 2017 Hillsboro Civic Leadership Academy recommendation adopted: New Hillhub entrepreneur center.

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