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Mission & Overview

The mission of the Center for Collaborative Policy is to build the capacity of public agencies, stakeholder groups, and the public to use collaborative strategies to improve policy outcomes.

The Center is a unit of the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies at California State University, Sacramento. The Center was established in 1992 as the California Center for Public Dispute Resolution.

The Center is based in Sacramento, California, and has offices in the Bay Area and Southern California. In addition to these offices, the Center has a network of collaborative associates throughout California and the western US.

Services—The Center provides services to government agencies, stakeholders, and communities to address complex public policy challenges through collaborative stakeholder processes and conflict resolution, collaborative public involvement, strategic planning, visioning, and training.

Teaching—The Center teaches collaborative policy development and collaborative leadership to undergraduate and graduate students at California State University, Sacramento. The Master’s in Public Policy and Administration Program offers students a three-course series leading to a Certificate in Collaborative Governance upon graduation.

Research—The Center focuses on building theory in the fields of collaborative governance and deliberative democracy, effectiveness research about collaborative processes, and evaluation of collaborative efforts.