Our series My Favorite Resource, features interviews with our ADR friends across the country to learn about their favorite ADR resources. This month, Resource Center Director Nicole Wilmet spoke with Sharon Sturges, Director of the Colorado Judicial Branch Office of Dispute Resolution, to learn about her favorite resource.
NW: What is one of your favorite ADR resources?
SS: As the administrator of a statewide court ADR program, my favorite resource is the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) website and publications. NCSC is a trusted go-to resource for all things state courts. Lately, I have been immersed in such far-ranging topics as user-centered design, behavioral nudging, and online dispute resolution. I can always count on NCSC for already having looked at these topics, which they have!
NW: Why do you value this particular resource?
SS: No other institution understands state courts and emerging topics as well as the NCSC with its vast network of experts on such a wide range of topics facing state courts today. If they do not know about a topic, the NCSC is wonderful at finding an expert who can help with whatever challenges I face as an ADR administrator. NCSC publications are first rate and provide me with information on what other states, institutions, and researchers are up to. Also, they are accessible!
NW: How did you first learn about this resource?
SS: When developing my Masters in Public Administration Capstone project.
NW: For those unfamiliar with this resource, what is one part of this resource you wouldn’t want someone to miss?
SS: Any conference sponsored by NCSC, they are quality events!
If you have a favorite resource you would like to share in an upcoming edition of our newsletter and on our blog, please reach out to our Resource Center Director Nicole Wilmet at firstname.lastname@example.org!