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.


NPCC is hiring a graduate research assistant

This part-time position will do the following:

  • Provide teaching support to the collaborative governance graduate certificate program
  • Provide project support to the Oregon’s Kitchen Table director
  • Provide process support to Oregon Solutions and Oregon Consensus lead facilitators

For more information, see the job description (PDF).

Online Collaborative Governance Graduate Certificate

Registration starts February 18, 2019, for the spring term course

PA 577: Case Studies in Collaborative Governance (3 credits)
In this course, you select a governance network as a case you wish to study. You will then analyze your case through three practice-oriented frameworks to assess the network's effectiveness. Each framework is drawn from a different field of theory. Consequently, each will lead you to different conclusions as to whether and why the network is or was successful or not. 

Deadline to apply for the spring term: March 15, 2019
Classes begin: April 1, 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

Urban-Rural Ambassadors Institute gears up for the fall 2019 term - watch the video
New Hatfield School blog post: Maureen Hinman, Collaborative Governance Certificate student, discusses Building Skills for the Common Good
NPCC takes collaborative governance training to Finland - read the blog post
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.