The Center for Public Collaboration, with the Institute of Government, has partnered with numerous Arkansas governments and public-serving organizations since 2005 to make progress in addressing public issues in a collaborative way. Some of our highlights include:
Community-Building and Neighborhood Development
- Conducting the 2014 University District/South University Avenue social capital study. This study, funded by UALR’s Institute on Race and Ethnicity and in cooperation with the University District Partnership, assesses the concerns facing neighborhoods closest to the UALR campus from the point of view of its residents. In addition, it aims to assess the extent to which residents feel a sense of community. The study will point to ways in which residents and neighborhood organizations in the University District area can work together to foster community-building and higher quality of life.
- Conducting the 2013 Little Rock Neighborhood Organization Study (report forthcoming). This study aims to identify the challenges facing Little Rock’s neighborhood and property owners associations and the strategies our community organizations used to address these challenges. A final report is forthcoming that will describe these challenges and strategies and point a way forward to developing stronger neighborhoods and higher quality of life.
Issue Assessment and Collaborative Problem-Solving
- Managing a collaborative process across stakeholders to assess and address traffic congestion and environmental protection issues in Little Rock’s Riverdale neighborhood, culminating in a 2006 assessment report
- In response to stakeholder conflict over water resources, managing a collaborative process towards development of an interlocal agreement on water management in Saline County, culminating in a proposal for a Saline Watershed Water District.
Meeting and Process Facilitation
- Facilitating a stakeholders’ summit meeting on the Arkansas Broadband Plan (organized by Connect Arkansas and the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas), September 10, 2012.
- Facilitating the event “Community Conversations: Talking Together When Race and Ethnicity Pull Us Apart”, October 5, 19 and 26, 2010.
- Facilitating the Arkansas Water Policy Dialog and Deliberation Forums in partnership with the University of Arkansas’ Cooperative Extension Service
- Facilitating National Issues Forums on Health, Education and Energy, September and October 2008, in cooperation with the Kettering Foundation and the William J. Clinton Presidential Library.
- Facilitating a series of statewide energy forum on the state fuel fund on behalf of the Arkansas Association of Community Action Agencies and the Arkansas Energy Network, 2006-2007.
- Organizing and facilitating the Arkansas/Missouri Interstate Watershed Summit meetings, in cooperation with The Forrester Group, on behalf of the Upper White River Basin Foundation, 2005.
Public Collaboration and Conflict Mediation Training
- Conflict mediation training for the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences’ Welcome the Children Project, November 18, 2009.
- Public Issues Collaboration and Conflict Management Workshop for Experience America, September 2009
- Community Conflict Transformation Training for Just Communities of Central Arkansas, August 19-20, 2009
- National Issues Forum Moderator Training for the University of Arkansas Agricultural Extension Service and for City Year, funded by the Kettering Foundation, 2008.
- Conflict management and collaboration for City of Little Rock department heads, January 2007.