The Institute’s Public Dispute Assessment Service assists local officials in determining whether ADR could help to resolve a specific dispute. An initial consultation of up to an hour is available without charge. Either one or both agencies can participate in the Assessment. If further consultation seems useful, those services are available for an hourly fee. The Institute offers this service as part of its Intergovernmental Conflict Resolution Project.
A dispute between two local agencies requires a conflict resolution professional who has the appropriate skills, experience, and training to manage this particular type of dispute. Choosing the right person is an important decision which is connected to the likelihood of success of the process.