Technology in ECR
As our society and its technologies evolve, people are communicating, networking, learning, and participating in interesting new ways.
Government leaders, scientists and academics, NGO advocates, and ECR practitioners are discovering how new computer assisted decision making
tools and emerging forms of electronic communication can be useful in resolving controversial decision-making processes. Examples include
web-based project and information management tools, computer-assisted decision support systems, visualization, modeling, and simulation tools,
and a range of survey tools and electronic methods for content analysis. These tools represent new opportunities, as well as significant
challenges for the ECR community (practitioners, agencies, and stakeholder participants.) in finding appropriate applications to foster
collaboration and dispute resolution processes for a range of project contexts, including land use, ecosystem management, water,
transportation, and energy.
The U.S. Institute is committed to providing leadership to the ECR community, and is currently working to identify and sponsor initiatives
that lead to further innovation and application of these tools to ECR processes. Specifically, the Institute's Technology Working Group has
Convening national-level discussions to explore opportunities to integrate computer-assisted tools with ECR efforts
Identifying and seeking opportunities to work with partners in developing training and capacity building opportunities – for ECR
practitioners, federal agencies, and interested stakeholders
Offering greater accessibility, via the Institute's website, to emerging opportunities in this area
Sponsoring and documenting project-level innovations.
The Institute has already used the following kinds of decision tools in the following cases:
- Giant Sequoia National Monument
- Western Oregon Plan Revision
- St. Croix River
Technology and ECR: National Strategic Planning Session - summary report now available.
In May 2009 the US Institute hosted a planning session to explore the growing interest in incorporating technology based tools into
collaborative environmental processes. The session drew a wide variety of participants who worked to develop key recommendations and
initiatives to direct the energy and interest in this area. Download the summary report
Sometimes questions are more important than answers.
Did you know...?
The U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution can provide services on any case that involves a U.S. federal government
agency. If you are facing a conflict that doesn’t involve a federal government interest, we can still help you find qualified
practitioners. Just contact us. You can also search our National Roster.
Where to start? To design the best technology platform, first consider the design of your project. What are your needs
and intentions? Who are you hoping to involve, where are they, and do they use the Internet? What resources do you have? Can you manage
technology with existing resources or do you need help?