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Mission and Vision

The mission of the William D. Ruckelshaus Center is to act as a neutral resource for collaborative problem solving in the State of Washington and Pacific Northwest. The Center provides expertise to improve the quality and availability of voluntary collaborative approaches for policy development and multi-party dispute resolution.

The Center is a joint effort of Washington’s two research universities and was developed in response to requests from community leaders. Building on the unique strengths of the two institutions, the Center is dedicated to assisting public, private, tribal, non-profit and other community leaders in their efforts to build consensus and resolve conflicts around difficult public policy issues. The Center also advances the teaching and research missions of the two universities by bringing real-world policy issues to the academic setting.

The Center is hosted at the University of Washington by the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs and at Washington State University by WSU Extension.  It is guided by an advisory board of prominent local, state and regional leaders representing a broad range of constituencies and geographic locations. The board is chaired by William Ruckelshaus.

The Center envisions a future in which governmental leaders, policy makers, stakeholders and citizens in the state of Washington and the Pacific Northwest routinely employ the tools of collaborative decision making to design, conduct and implement successful public policy processes.


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Updated on July 24, 2014



Puget Sound Monitoring

The Leadership Council of the Puget Sound Partnership asked the Center to conduct a review of the Puget Sound Ecosystem Monitoring Program.

Read the report.

eNews Spring 2014

The latest version of the Ruckelshaus Center's eNews is now available. Read more

Internships Available

The Ruckelshaus Center is accepting applications for graduate students and recent graduates to serve as interns. This is a paid position.

For more information view the Position Description.

Ruckelshaus Center on KOMO News Radio

KOMO News Radio highlighted the Center's collaboration between WSU and UW in a segment that aired before the 2013 Apple Cup.

Listen to the segment.

Working Across the Aisle

On April 22, the Center co-sponsored a forum focused on the benefits of "crossing the aisle" to get things done in Washington, DC. The forum featured a discussion with U.S. Representatives Derek Kilmer and Dave Reichert.

Watch the forum (video)

Legislative Event

Washington State Governance Series

The Center is serving as a series sponsor for this series, which includes lunch events in Seattle, Spokane and Olympia hosted by the Governor’s and Secretary of State’s offices. Watch the video of the January 22 forum in Olympia, which featured a panel of current and former legislators.

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