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Office of Collaboration and Dispute Resolution

The Office of Collaboration and Dispute Resolution (OCDR) is a unique statewide resource that helps resolve difficult public issues.
We do this through our work on individual projects and through training and capacity building so that all of Minnesota has access to new and innovative methods to work through today’s challenging issues.

We accomplish this through the use of innovative collaborative processes because we believe the best public solutions come from people working together on issues. We use structured, facilitated dialogue to help people examine diverse viewpoints and interests so they can build the consensus that leads to better solutions. Our neutrality, expertise and experience in leading successful projects across the state makes OCDR an effective state-level resource.

We help the State of Minnesota (legislature, governor and state agencies) and local governments (cities, counties, schools, townships, etc.) and we indirectly provide assistance to individuals and other organizations through the services of Community Dispute Resolution Programs. 

News and Announcements:


Conflict Resolution Week Proclamation

Governor Mark Dayton has declared October 15-21, 2018 as ‘Conflict Resolution Week’ in Minnesota. In the proclamation, the Office of Collaboration and Dispute Resolution is noted, as are the Community Dispute Resolution Programs in Minnesota. View the proclamation here.

Bridging Divides

OCDR successfully provided training on bridging divides to over 200 local government leaders across the state in 2018.  To learn about 2019 training dates, visit the Association for Minnesota Counties.

Collaboration and Negotiation for Leaders

OCDR provides training on community engagement for County leaders through the Collaboration and Negotiation for Leaders series offered by the Mitchell Hamline School of Law Dispute Resolution Institute in partnership with the Association of Minnesota Counties.

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