National Forest Foundation

Learning Topics

Engaging Forest Stakeholders through Collaborative Design

The National Forest Foundation enlisted the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program (HNMCP) to study stakeholder engagement in collaboratives that advise the United States Forest Service in the agency’s stewardship of National Forest System lands. 

The project aims to help collaborative group conveners devise and implement structures and strategies to best promote ongoing stakeholder engagement in the collaborative processes. To accomplish this purpose, HNMCP students Brady Bender, Han Ding, and Michael Reiterman, with supervision from Heather Kulp, conducted stakeholder interviews, hosted focus groups, observed collaborative meetings, and reviewed academic literature. The team created a white paper which catalogs reasons that stakeholders engage in—and disengage from—collaborative processes. To complement this white paper, the team also designed a tool that conveners, facilitators, and collaborative members can use to identify collaborative design elements that can aid groups in achieving their work goals or overcoming barriers to stakeholder engagement.

Interactive Tool

This tool is intended for collaborative groups to use as a starting point for discussion. The elements identified are suggestions, not prescriptions and, by reviewing this tool together, groups may come up with their own elements or ideas about how to address collaborative goals and barriers to engagement.

Project Files

Tools

Branching Out: Engaging Forest Stakeholders through Collaborative Design (White Paper)
The Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program team developed this white paper, which condenses research findings from a project to study stakeholder engagement in collaboratives that advise the United States Forest Service in the agency’s stewardship of National Forest System lands.

Branching Out: Engaging Forest Stakeholders through Collaborative Design (Interactive Tool)
The National Forest Foundation enlisted the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program (HNMCP) to study stakeholder engagement in collaboratives that advise the United States Forest Service in the agency’s stewardship of National Forest System lands. The HNMCP team designed this tool, which conveners, facilitators, and collaborative members can use to identify collaborative design elements (e.g., caucusing) that can aid groups in achieving their work goals or overcoming barriers to stakeholder engagement.

Branching Out: Engaging Forest Stakeholders through Collaborative Design (Outside Materials and Resources)
The Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program (HNMCP) team developed this list of outside materials and resources supplements the white paper and interactive tool. This work was part of the larger project to study stakeholder engagement in collaboratives that advise the United States Forest Service in the agency’s stewardship of National Forest System lands.


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