Institute for Engagement & Negotiation

Empowering communities to create shared solutions

Service Areas: Dialogue

Lower Chickahominy Watershed Project (LCWP)

The Institute for Engagement & Negotiation (IEN) is involved in a five-year strategy led by the Department of Environmental Quality's Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program (VCZMP) called the Lower Chickahominy Watershed Project (LCWP).  Much of the lower Chickahominy has been identified as having very high to outstanding ecological significance by the... Continue reading →

Categorized as: Core Project, Current, Consensus Building, Dialogue, Water,

Pennsylvania Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP)

In June, 2017 IEN facilitated the kickoff and listening session for Pennsylvania’s Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP).  The event, attended by over 200 local government representatives, members of the agricultural community, and other stakeholders, was an opportunity for participants to share ideas for how the state can best achieve federally mandated water pollution reductions in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.  Since the launch of the Chesapeake Bay Restoration Strategy, Pennsylvania has made significant progress toward meeting EPA targets, but continues to lag behind in achieving... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2010s, Dialogue, Public Participation, People & Communities, Water, State Government,

Community Advisory Group for the Hollymead Transmission Line

The existing power grid supplying much of Albemarle County’s power dates back to the 1960s and 1970s. Dominion determined that the current facilities are no longer adequate to reliably meet the projected demand for electricity in the area. The demand for power during the last decade for the area serviced by this radial line increased 65%, a trend that is forecast to continue at approximately 2% annually, exclusive of any significant block load additions.   When Dominion’s Transmission planners identified a critical need for a second 230kV source of power to the Proffit Delivery Point and... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2010s, Dialogue, Public Participation, Energy, Land, People & Communities, Business and Industry,

Ecological Restoration and Conservation Collaboratives (ERCC)

IEN won a prestigious contract from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) to investigate and analyze what specific aspects of collaborative partnerships make a difference in terms of ecological restoration and conservation activities and outcomes. IEN’s work will be used by NFWF to guide the development of its funding priorities, to strategically invest in building the capacity of collaboratives to become more effective and to also support collaboratives that are likely to achieve the greatest success on the ground.   In December 2018 IEN began its work on this new qualitative... Continue reading →

Categorized as: Current, Dialogue, Research, People & Communities, Nonprofit Organizations,

Health Equity and Access in Rural Regions (HEARR)

IEN is working with a multi-stakeholder group to design and test a replicable multi-sector rural health convening process that will enable medical/healthcare providers and social, faith-based, and other nonmedical organizations to define and characterize a particular regional population for collaborative research and experimentation in population health. This process will do the following: Produce a rural health network map that makes visible (1) the geographic footprint of the social organizations that shape the local rural population, and (2) the potential connectedness of individual... Continue reading →

Categorized as: Current, Dialogue, Public Participation, Health & Food, People & Communities, Local Government,Nonprofit Organizations,

UVA Symposium – Our Evolving Food System: From Slavery to Sovereignty

The University of Virginia Sustainable Food Strategy Task Force (SFSTF) hosted a Bicentennial Symposium event -- Our Evolving Food System: from Slavery to Sovereignty, on October 17 and 18, 2018.   The two-day symposium brought together scholars, the University, members of the Charlottesville community, and experts from other states to better understand the past in order to envision the future of our food system. Participants engaged in discussions and visioning to learn about the historical legacies of harm and injustice in our food system and develop ideas for change. The Symposium was the... Continue reading →

Categorized as: Current, Dialogue, Health & Food, People & Communities, Educational Institutions,

The Resilience Adaptation Feasibility Tool (The RAFT)

The Resilience Adaptation Feasibility Tool (The RAFT) is an innovative “collective impact” collaborative approach to climate resilience that leverages the expertise and resources of multidisciplinary partners and diverse stakeholders to assist coastal localities striving to increase their resilience. Coastal resilience is the capacity to anticipate threats, reduce the community’s vulnerability, and respond to and recover from hazardous events and chronic stresses. A community can be vulnerable as a result of its physical location and... Continue reading →

Categorized as: Core Project, Current, Dialogue, Public Participation, Research, Land, People & Communities, Water, Educational Institutions,Local Government,

Governor's Advisory Council on Environmental Justice

Established by Governor Terry McAuliffe’s Executive Order 73, the Governor’s Advisory Council on Environmental Justice (ACEJ) is charged with advising the Executive Branch to help ensure that low-income and minority communities in Virginia do not bear a disproportionate environmental burden. The first three ACEJ meetings were facilitated by IEN’s Director Tanya Denckla Cobb and other representatives of the Institute. The Council is comprised of 15 leaders from academia, business, public service, and non-governmental organizations, and will meet quarterly at locations across the state.... Continue reading →

Categorized as: Consensus Building, Dialogue, Public Participation, Energy, Health & Food, Land, People & Communities, Water, State Government,

Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry - Farm Winery Study

Based on a directive from the Virginia General Assembly, the Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry convened a stakeholder panel consisting of individuals representing 19 organizations with interests relating to Virginia farm wineries and activities. IEN’s role was to facilitate the stakeholder panel deliberations for developing recommendations. As part of this work, key IEN activities included: 1) development of an online constituency survey to identify key issues and concerns, as well as possible approaches to address issues and concerns, and 2) online research resulting in a compilation of... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2010s, Dialogue, Public Participation, Research, Health & Food, Land, People & Communities, State Government,

Virginia Rural Hospital and EMS Assessment

Hospitals and Emergency Medical Service (EMS) providers play a critical role in rural healthcare throughout Virginia, where needs are great in the face of limited resources. Two programs within the Virginia Department of Health (Office of Health Equity and Office of EMS) partnered to convene a stakeholder planning team and conduct regional listening sessions to hear about rural emergency care challenges and identify potential strategies for addressing those challenges. To assist the stakeholder team of emergency care providers, IEN conducted an online survey, facilitated seven regional... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2010s, Dialogue, Public Participation, Health & Food, People & Communities, State Government,