Collaboration and Public Participation Center of Expertise (CPCX)
The CPCX's mission is to enable Corps staff to anticipate, prevent, and manage water-related conflicts through collaboration while ensuring the interests of the public are addressed in a fair and transparent manner by: providing direct support to the field; building the Corps collaborative capacity; advising Corps leadership; and establishing the Corps as a thought-leader in collaboration. The CPCX webpage contains a wealth of information and resources related to collaboration and public participation, including guidance and policy documents, newsletters, links to other federal agency conflict resolution programs and resources, and descriptions of the CPCX's services.
EP 1105-2-57: Planning Stakeholder Engagement, Collaboration and Coordination (formerly Appendix B of the PGN)
This pamphlet explains the benefits of, and requirements for, stakeholder engagement, collaboration, and coordination in Civil Works planning studies. These activities are critical to study success because they may foster trust and credibility between USACE and the communities we serve; increase collective understanding of problems; reduce controversy and litigation risks; and improve the quality and execution of our decisions. Note: This EP replaces the existing Appendix B of the Planning Guidance Notebook.
- How to Partner with Us
Partnering with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: A Guide for Communities, Local Governments, States, Tribes, and Non-Governmental Organizations
Partnering with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: A Guide for Communities, Local Governments, States, Tribes, and Non-Governmental Organizations provides potential sponsors with information on the programs and processes available for non-federal partners and USACE representatives to work together to address the Nation's water resources problems. The Guide includes an overview of the USACE Civil Works Program and describes how USACE can work with local, State, Tribal, and Federal agencies and other non-federal partners on activities ranging from technical services and advice to planning and constructing water resources projects. A previous version of this document was originally published as the Project Partnership Kit by IWR back in 1996 and revised in 2001.
Shared Vision Planning
Shared Vision Planning (SVP) is a collaborative approach to formulating water management solutions that combines three disparate practices: 1) traditional water resources planning, 2) structured public participation, and 3) collaborative computer modeling. IWR's SVP website includes tools, techniques, resources, references, and training materials. The USACE Shared Vision Planning webpage contains numerous SVP resources and tools, including methods, models, case studies, references, other educational material, and links to relevant training.
- Interest Based Negotiation (24 March)
- This webinar presented by the Collaboration and Conflict Resolution Center provided
participants an opportunity to learn about interest-based negotiation and tools for
transforming potential conflicts into jointly-developed solutions. Presenter Hal Cardwell
(Director, Collaboration and Public Participation Center of Expertise) instructed
participants in how to move the conversation from “how to divide the pie” arguments
among parties into collaborative “expand-the pie” solutions that meet the interests of the
formerly competing parties. The webinar also led participants through an interactive
case study as well as discussed real-world USACE examples of the power of moving from
positions to interests.
- Negotiation and Conflict Resolution (21 October)
- In celebration of Conflict Resolution Day 2021, this webinar provided practical application
tips and an opportunity for conversation about negotiation and conflict resolution.
Presented by Hunter Merritt (Social Scientist, Collaboration and Public Participation
Center of Expertise), the webinar included participants sharing their collective
experiences in order to help others navigate project-related conflicts and improve
efficiency, trust, processes, and project execution.
- Alaska Native Cultures & Tribal Engagement (3 February)
- In this webinar, presenters Kelly Eldridge (Alaska District Archeologist) and Kendall
Campbell (Alaska District Tribal Liaison) introduced background information on the
history of Alaska Natives and the diversity of indigenous cultures in the state of Alaska.
The presentation included helpful hints and best practices for successful engagements
and working with Alaska Natives on Civil Works projects.
- Public Participation in the Time of COVID-19: Case Examples and Lessons Learned to Date (12 May)
- This webinar from the Collaboration and Public Participation Center of Expertise (CPCX)
included a panel discussion moderated by Seth Cohen (CPCX) on lessons learned and
best practices from Public Involvement Specialists Amy Echols (NWD), Jennifer Salak
(NWO), and Hunter Merritt (SPK). CPCX and the panelists shared lessons learned from
planning and executing recent virtual public engagements, and aimed to help participants
better answer the question: What level and type of effort is necessary for my public
engagement efforts now?
- An Introduction to Communication Planning (2 April)
- This webinar introduced participants to the new USACE Integrated Communication Planning Process. The process, which is
applicable across the enterprise, is the result of a collaborative effort between the Public Affairs Office (PAO) and the Project
Management, Planning, and Collaboration and Public Participation Communities of Practice (CoPs). Topics addressed included
how to identify stakeholders and potential issues, determining communication goals and objectives, and developing key
messages and talking points. The webinar was presented by Bill Peoples (Nashville District Public Affairs Chief) and Jacqueline
Tate (Great Lakes and Ohio River Division Public Affairs Chief).
- Applied Learning Environments (12 December)
- This webinar provided an overview of Applied Learning Environments (ALEs) and how
they can help the planning community build empathy and collaboration with stakeholders,
facilitate the development of more innovative alternatives, and save both time and money
during the planning process. ALEs are simulated environments designed to engage
participants in active/applied learning to achieve specific learning objectives (e.g., ERDC
Ship/Tow Simulator, emergency preparedness table top exercises, multi-hazard
tournaments, etc.) The webinar was presented by John Kucharski (HEC, Senior
Economist), Andrea Carson (LRP, Community Planner), and Hunter Merritt (SPK, Water
Resources Planner) and included an ALE application in which webinar attendees
- Floodplain Management Plans, A Short Course (6 April)
- Brian Rast, with the Collaboration and Public Participation Center of Expertise, Institute for Water Resources, presented an
overview of floodplain management plans and described how development and implementation of these plans can contribute
towards increased community resilience. Non-Federal interests are required to prepare and implement a floodplain management
plan as part of construction of cost-shared flood risk management or coastal storm risk management project (Policy Guidance
Letter 52). The presentation also shared examples of community-adopted floodplain management plans
- Shared Vision Planning through the Multi-Hazard Tournament Framework (5 May)
- Dr. Harvey Hill (IWR), Marcia Hackett (Ft. Worth District), Michelle Hamor (Baltimore District), and Jason Smith (Rock Island
District) shared their experiences with using the Multi-Hazard Tournament framework developed at IWR to engage communities
and other state and federal agencies in planning and problem solving across multiple hazards / objectives.
- SMART PLANNING & Effective Stakeholder Collaboration (9 June)
- Gigi Coulson (New Orleans District) and Joel Benegar (San Francisco District) provides updated recommendations on how to cost
effectively and efficiently incorporate vital public and stakeholder involvement into our diverse array of SMART planning projects.
There is no one-size-fits-all solution and we understand that without proper consideration of public involvement and stakeholder
collaboration, our projects can be left with significant risks and uncertainties during our formal public reviews. This webinar will
offer background about the challenge and importance of incorporating public involvement into our projects. It will also provide
suggestions and possible strategies on how we might use existing collaborative tools to implement public involvement strategies
and help your project avoid common pitfalls.
- USACE Tribal Engagement and SMART Planning (2 April)
- Chris Koeppel, RPA, Mississippi Valley Division Archaeologist and Tribal Liaison, discussed opportunities and tools to integrate
government-to-government consultation with Federally recognized tribes within the SMART Planning framework. His presentation
also includes talking points for communication with Federally recognized tribes.