Date of Award


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Open Access

Degree Name

Multidisciplinary Studies - Individualized Option, M.S.


Multidisciplinary Studies


Dr. Susan Keller-Mathers

First Reader

Dr. Susan Keller-Mathers


This project explores the connection between creativity and public policy-making through guided facilitation. In this exploration, there are several products that have been developed. The first is an index that provides definitions, charts, and process explanations for creativity, facilitation and public policy. The second is a completed facilitation plan that incorporates both the FourSight model for group facilitation (Miller, Vehar, Firestein, Thurber & Nielsen, 2011a) and Marvin Weisbord’s (1992) exploration of creative strategies for discovering common ground through policy conferences. The third product is an evaluation matrix, which would be used post-facilitation to understand the strengths and weaknesses from the process group. This project is a foundational approach to bringing creative problem solving to the different key players in policy making.