It is perennially ranked among the top dispute resolution programs in the country and has been a leader in ADR for well more than a decade. The mission of the CSDR is to develop and promote: appropriate methods for understanding, managing and resolving domestic and international conflict; and the use of dispute resolution techniques to enhance informed decisionmaking. This includes public policy and group decisionmaking and the relationship of democracy and dispute resolution.
The Center has been a creative force in examining a variety of issues with respect to administrative rulemaking. Its conferences and recommendations to improve the processes and techniques used by agencies of government to develop regulations are well known. Among its goals are: examine early and informal public participation in rulemaking and the implications of eRulemaking and early participation with small governments and business; involvement of the public in the development of rules, including electronic means of participation; management systems used by government agencies to support their rulemaking programs; cross-agency and intergovernmental systems to promote collaboration and coordination in rulemaking; the development of federal managers who have primary or major responsibilities related to management of rulemaking processes; and the systematic evaluation of different processes for developing, implementing and enforcing rules and regulations.
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