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.