The mission of the William D. Ruckelshaus Center is to help parties involved in complex public policy challenges in the state of Washington and the Pacific Northwest tap university expertise to develop collaborative, durable, and effective solutions.
The Center envisions a future in which government leaders, policy makers, and citizens routinely employ tools of collaborative decision making to design, conduct, and implement successful public policy processes.
We are a joint effort of Washington State University, hosted and administered by the WSU Extension, and the University of Washington, hosted through the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy and Governance. Building on the unique strengths of these two institutions, the Center applies university resources and knowledge towards solving challenging public policy issues.
Collaboration, consensus, neutrality, knowledge, education, inquiry, and civility
Updated on July 20, 2017
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Chairman’s Circle Luncheon 2017
We are delighted to welcome former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as the speaker for this year’s Chairman’s Circle Luncheon. For more information click here.
eNews Spring 2017
The Spring 2017 version of our eNewsletter is now available. To read more, click here.
The Center is seeking a Project Intern for project support, research, training development and administrative tasks. View full internship description
Hot off the Press!
Center Director Michael Kern recently co-authored an article in the Journal of Human Sciences & Extension entitled Urban Extension: Aligning with the Needs of Urban Audiences Through Subject-Matter Centers.
Earlier this year Michael also co-authored a book chapter entitled “The Public Sector as Mediator: The Role of Public Institutions in Environmental Collaboration and Conflict Resolution”. The book is available here.
Kevin Harris, Senior Facilitator – Health Policy, recently conducted a national webinar entitled Collaborative Governance in Health: the Link Between Collaborative Process and Implementation. In case you missed it, watch here.
Healthcare Policy Study
The Center completed a study in 2015 assessing demand for health policy consensus building in Washington and the Northwest, and has made considerable progress building capacity and consensus, and increasing involvement in health policy projects. For more information, click here.