Spectrum of Collaborative Processes

The "Spectrum" displayed here was created by the Collaborative and Facilitative Processes Committee, established by the Interagency ADR Working Group to meet the growing needs of federal agencies that are exploring and implementing new collaborative dispute prevention and resolution processes. This chart identifies a wide variety of collaborative techniques that agencies are using, or considering, to address a range of issues, internal and external, regulatory and non-regulatory. In the chart, each column corresponds to a general approach or desired result. The rows identify agency objectives, sample processes and available ADR tools, and the role of the neutral.


President Clinton issued a 1998 order requiring that each federal agency develop a policy to promote greater use of ADR in administrative disputes. The Interagency Working Group was established as a resource for developing ADR programs and sharing information to support the use of ADR.

The ADR policies and programs of many of the federal agencies are listed here. We provide an index of federal agencies with links to learn more about each agency's ADR programs and policies.


Thursday, December 6, 2018
Noon – 1:30pm EDT
SNAP Into It! How to Experience Conflict Mindfully

For many people mindfulness practice is seen as something abstract and fanciful with little real world application or use. Mindfulness, however, is not something to be left “on the cushion.” Rather, it is an incredibly powerful tool we can bring into our daily lives to help with the challenges we are experiencing here and now. For example, as the storm clouds of conflict gather, we can use specific mindfulness techniques - in the moment - to help us respond with greater clarity, wisdom, and calm, instead of responding from an automatic, unthinking state. In this highly interactive session, Professor Phillis Morgan, J.D., will introduce a practical mindfulness method – SNAP BCtm - which she has distilled from centuries of mindfulness practices. Practitioners will work with tools that help increase an individuals' capacity to see and interrupt unhelpful, automatic behaviors in dealing with conflict, and respond with greater compassion and resilience.

Professor Phillis Morgan, JD


Watch videos of previous Interagency ADR Workplace Section Education Programs on the Department of Energy’s website.


What is the Interagency Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Working Group?

We are the central forum and resource for information about the federal government's use of ADR. We advance the use of ADR through:

  • Coordination of multi-agency initiatives
  • Promotion of best practices and programs
  • Dissemination of policy and guidance

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