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Outreach & Policy Committee

Committee Description

This 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.

As 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.


Project Name
Outreach Campaign Development
Project Description
The 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).

Project Name
Online Advocacy Toolkit
Project Description
Community 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.

Project Name
Advocacy Training
Project Description
In 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.

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