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 December 12, 2016
Hot off the Press
Center Director Michael Kern recently 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.
eNews Fall/Winter 2016
The Fall/Winter 2016 version of our eNewsletter is now available. To read more, click here.
2016 Statespersonship Luncheon
Chairman’s Circle Luncheon 2016
Thanks to all those who attended our September 7th Chairman’s Circle Luncheon! Watch TVW’s footage of the event 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.
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 >
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