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Request for Higher Ed. Partner for State of Community Mediation Research

Friday, June 1, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Frankie Barrett
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Request for Higher Education Partner for State of Community Mediation Research

The National Association for Community Mediation (NAFCM) is seeking a partner in higher education to assist with updating the State of Community Mediation survey and report to commemorate the 25th anniversary of NAFCM. This would include co- development, implementation and assessment of a two-step data collection process regarding the current state of community mediation in the United States and Canada.

In 2011, with funding from the JAMS Foundation, NAFCM produced the first State of Community Mediation. This report and presentation provided an overview of the practice areas, impact, challenges and funding mechanisms of community mediation centers (CMCs). The report provided information on the impact of CMCs including recognizing that resource support is critical for the Centers’ survival. In 2013 a supplemental report provided stories from four successful CMCs that described their different funding sources and resource development processes. Now with the 25th Anniversary of NAFCM (2019) approaching, and nearly 10 years since the study was conducted that produced the State of Community Mediation report, NAFCM is seeking a partner to develop a current picture of the state of community mediation and produce a follow-up report.

This is a unique opportunity to not only study and assess the state of community mediation but to also celebrate the many successes of the field and lay a foundation for the next 25 years. Activities will include updating the 2011 study as well as a review of emerging issues and skills for the continuation of community mediation as a mechanism to address conflict. The higher-education partner will support the completion of the forensic work needed to cull the archival and observational data from NAFCM members so that the next State of Community Mediation report is the culmination of the work and voices of over 700 community mediators and their centers. This work would ideally be conducted by a group of graduate students, under the direction of an experienced professor. The report will expound on the reach and societal benefits of community mediation when conducted according to best practices so that community mediation will be more widely practiced and appreciated.



2018 State of Community Mediation Solicitation of Interest (SI) Overview

Project Process Step 1 – Open to all until June 18, 2018

● Interested organizations should submit a 1-2-page response (using the guidelines on the following page) to NAFCM no later than 11:59 PM local time of the organization’s legal/main location, to


Project Process Step 2 – Open to those who submitted a timely response

● Interested organizations will be contacted by NAFCM to set a time to talk about the submission. These calls will need to occur between Tuesday June 19, 2018 and June 22, 2018.

● All organizations will receive notification of the selection made by NAFCM on or before Tuesday July 3, 2018. Please address questions about grant program to D.G. Mawn, President, NAFCM, at


For more information about the submission process, download the full instructions.

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