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Welcome to the School of Government’s Public Dispute Resolution microsite.  Public dispute resolution draws on the skills of negotiation, mediation, and facilitation to address issues that involve a neighborhood or citizens’ group, a town or city, a county, or statewide policies. Assistance is available for city/city and city/county conflicts, or matters involving state agencies and local government. Contact us for help in the area of public dispute resolution as you consider your options, assess the possibility of using a mediator or facilitator, and for assistance with finding an impartial third party. Particular situations can be addressed confidentially by phone.