Facilitation keeps projects moving.

CDR’s team of facilitators brings decades of experience to help leaders efficiently and collaboratively reach decisions, together.

We are communicators. Facilitators are naturally communicative; we pair our communication skills with technology to ensure access to documents and data; shared understanding of action items and milestones; and effective facilitation on video- and tele-conferences. 

We are doers. Facilitation is more than just talk–facilitation results in actionable agreements to move projects and ideas forward. We support implementation. 

We are strategists. We provide guidance and strategy to ensure that our facilitative processes are tailored to the challenge at hand. 

We are project managers. At CDR, we keep projects on task, on time, and on budget. A project’s success is our success, and we ensure that the process is an asset to the project’s goals and objectives.

Examples of our facilitation work: 

  1. Nebraska Water Policy Task Force
    CDR successfully facilitated an 18-month, statewide negotiation to review current legislation on surface and groundwater management, and explore options for water transfers, leasing and banking to improve the management and use of the state’s natural resources. The facilitated Task Force was composed of 49 representatives from irrigation, agriculture, power, recreation interests, state agencies, and senators from the State’s Natural Resource Committee. Outcomes of the Task Force’s work included proposals, recommendations, and draft legislation. Proposals were submitted to the State Legislature and passed into law with requested appropriations.
  2. Oregon Passenger Rail
    CDR facilitated the Oregon Passenger Rail (OPR) EIS Leadership Council deliberations established by the Oregon Governor, part of the federally designated Pacific Northwest Rail Corridor between Eugene and Portland. The diverse Leadership Council was composed of state legislators, locally elected officials, and business leaders that guided the evaluation of high-speed rail in Oregon. The Leadership Council made consensus recommendations to the Federal Railroad Administration regarding a preferred alignment, station locations, and vehicle technology. Oregon is currently pursuing funding for implementation of the recommendations.
  3. Federal Navigating Ecological Transformation Work Group
    FedNET is a collaborative group of land management agencies focused on developing guidance around managing federal lands during a time of rapid ecological change and transformation. As natural resource managers increasingly confront potentially transformative ecological change, they are seeking information and evidence-based solutions to help them develop appropriate responses. CDR has provided structure, support, and strategic guidance for the FedNET group to develop their key purpose and ideal outcomes of the interagency collaboration since 2018.