Although the following points describe an ideal project, potential projects will be evaluated on an individual basis during the assessment process to determine the appropriateness for a partnership with the OCDR.
- The potential project aligns with the mission, vision, and principles laid out in the charter of the Minnesota State Office for Collaboration and Dispute Resolution.
- The issue strikes a balance between being consequential enough to bring a substantial benefit to the citizens of Minnesota and not being so wide reaching or complex that achieving desired outcomes is unlikely.
- There are multiple stakeholders involved from the local, state, and federal governments, the private sector, and NGOs. It is unlikely that any single stakeholder can solve the problem or implement the project themselves.
- Stakeholders are clearly defined and are willing to participate in a consensus building process.
- A preponderance of the stakeholders are enthusiastic about undertaking a consensus building process to address the issue.
- There is an individual champion or multiple champions for the project.
- An external factor - such as a deadline, contractual obligation, court case, etc. - requires that a solution be achieved.
- There is a good likelihood that the project is affordable and funds can be found for it. Stakeholders can contribute towards the cost of the consensus building process and have identified other possible funding sources for implementing the project.
- There is a strong stakeholder(s) who will lead the project past the consensus building process to full implementation.
- The desired outcome is well defined. Potential outcomes include legislation, change in regulation, consensus decision, super majority decision, trust/relationship building, implementation strategy, commitment of resources, etc.
- It is reasonable to believe that a decision can be reached and implementation can begin within one year.
- The project will facilitate the institutionalization of the consensus building process because it involves either multiple levels of government or multiple jurisdictions (cities, counties, judicial districts, etc).
- The potential project is consistent with the goals and objectives of the governor and state legislators who represent the area. The politics around the project are favorable. It is also a priority for state and/or federal agencies.