Outreach & Policy Committee
Committee maintains an active focus on both outreach and policy
matters. As part of its outreach functions, the Committee works to
enhance the awareness, accessibility, and utilization of community
mediation in all locations where such services currently or have the
potential to exist. The Committee takes an inclusive approach toward
outreach through engaging diverse stakeholder groups, such as
traditional and innovative referral entities; current and potential
funders; policymakers; professional colleagues and aligned
organizations; community mediation programs, their staffs, Boards, and
volunteers; and the public whom we serve. The Committee is encouraged to
explore a wide range of traditional and digital mediums to achieve
greater visibility for our field and its services.
part of its policy functions, the Committee works to build the capacity
of NAFCM and its member centers to initiate and respond successfully to
policies and legislation. The Committee researches, analyses, and
develops policies relevant to community mediation on issues such as
uniform legislation, certification, professionalization, and funding.
The Policy Committee also makes recommendations on best practices in
statewide support of community mediation programs, implements
information sharing and advocacy about state funding of community
mediation programs, and assists in technical assistance to centers and
associations working to develop state funding sources in their states.
Outreach Campaign Development
Outreach and Policy Committee is researching effective outreach
campaigns that have been implemented by community mediation centers
throughout the nation and working to develop "outreach campaign kits”
that can be accessed by NAFCM members, customized for their unique
community, and implemented at minimal costs. Campaign kits might include
tools such as implementation guides, print collateral templates, or
promotional items (pens, coffee mugs, bumper stickers).
Mediation Centers across the nation are informally charged with the
duty of advocating for the advancement and support of the work of
community mediation. Because community mediation centers are already
doing so much with the few resources they have, the Outreach and Policy
Committee is working to develop a user-friendly advocacy tool kit that
will make legislative advocacy a simple, efficient process. In doing so,
our hope is that more community mediation centers will be able to
participate in advocacy efforts without taking time away from the
important work they do on a daily basis.
addition to continuing to expand and refine the tools available through
the Advocacy Tool Kit, the Outreach and Policy Committee is working to
develop educational opportunities, such as webinars and individual
mentoring, to support NAFCM members who have minimal experience in
legislative advocacy. By educating members about how to most effectively
advocate for community mediation, the voice of community mediation
nationwide becomes stronger and more unified.