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JAMS Foundation Generosity Makes Update of the "State of Community Mediation" Report Possible

Tuesday, July 24, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Frankie Barrett
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The JAMS Foundation's Generosity Makes Update of the "State of Community Mediation" Report Possible


NAFCM is excited to announce that the organization has received funding from the JAMS Foundation to conduct an update to the State of Community Mediation survey and report. NAFCM is grateful for the JAMS' support of our work as well as their advancement of community mediation.




The JAMS Foundation, funded entirely by contributions from JAMS, JAMS neutrals and employee associates, encourages the use of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), supports education at all levels about collaborative processes for resolving differences, promotes innovation in conflict resolution and advances the peaceful settlement of conflict worldwide. NAFCM is incredibly grateful for JAMS' generosity and dedication to creating a better world.


To conduct the update to the State of Community Mediation Report, NAFCM is excited to partner with George Mason’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (S-CAR), the oldest and largest school for conflict resolution in the world. Through this partnership, NAFCM and S-CAR will develop and implement a two-phase data collection process to gain insight into the present state of community mediation in 2019.


Here is a brief outline of the project's action plan which will unfold over the course of the next year:


By Autumn of 2018, S-CAR, NAFCM and JAMS will have worked together to develop the online survey and the listening session tools.


Before the start of the new year, our hope is that NAFCM center members will have participated in an online survey as part of the data collection process. This survey will focus on the internal workings of community mediation centers. All Community Mediation Centers that participate in this online survey will be eligible to be selected as a host for a community listening session.


During the first part of 2019, JAMS, NAFCM and SCAR will select the 24 sites from the centers who participated in the online survey to host a community listening session. Each site will receive financial support to defray the cost incurred throughout the process of hosting a listening session.


NAFCM and SCAR will then draft two reports at the end of this data collection process. The first is the State of Community Mediation 2019 Report and the second will be the State of Community Mediation 2019 Executive Summary.


We are eager to find out what new insights this updated report will provide NAFCM, NAFCM members, and our community partners about community mediation work.


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