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 at 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 January 23, 2014
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.
Columbia River Salmon and Steelhead Assessment
The Ruckelshaus Center and Oregon Consensus have released the report from their situation assessment of Columbia River salmon and steelhead recovery over the long-term. Read the report.
Public Records Act and Local Government
The Center has released the report from its situation assessment of public records requests made to local governments. Read the report.
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 TVW.org video of the January 22 forum in Olympia, which featured a panel of current and former legislators.
Statesman & Public Policy Luncheon
On December 6, the Ruckelshaus Center and Slade Gorton International Policy Center hosted a lunch conversation with four of the most highly regarded senior statesman in Washington state to share their views and insights on current state of affairs in Washington, D.C. and around the county.
Watch the video of the event on TVW.org
eNews Fall 2013
The latest version of the Ruckelshaus Center's eNews is now available. Read more
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3rd Annual Chairman's Circle Luncheon
This year's luncheon took place on Friday, August 2nd and featured former Senator Alan Simpson discussing Myths and Misunderstandings of America's Fiscal Situation. Click here for more information