We have been working with Catchafire support through developing our brand message and developing a logo and are now looking to move to set up a website to pull together the pieces. The website will reflect the collective group of 12 community mediation centers working under the umbrella title Resolution Massachusetts and will be used as a central point of contact and information about the range of services offered from which people can be referred to their local Center or their websites.
We are in the process of taking a huge step forward to meet a strategic goal of awareness raising about the services our Centers offer. Identified as one of 4 key challenges, having a centralized message and marketing effort will impact all 12 of our Centers and the communities they serve who are often unaware that these local free and low cost services exist to support them in many different ways. A website is a key way of drawing attention to our service and helps us in a statewide launch.
Community mediation is a proven conflict resolution and prevention mechanism that increases access to justice for low-income and marginalized populations and builds community capacity, relationships and social capital.
The goals of the CMC Grant Program are:
1. to broaden access to dispute resolution for all Massachusetts residents by promoting community mediation as an affordable public service;
2. to provide a consistent, stable funding source for centers with performance based public accountability to avoid uncertainty and instability of center operations;
3. to promote diversified funding sources for longer term center sustainability.
MOPC builds capacity for conflict resolution, collaboration and consensus-building within public entities and across sectors state-wide and serves as a neutral forum and state-level resource in these fields. MOPC works with government agencies, courts, businesses, nonprofits, and citizen groups to address complex issues related to economic development, environmental resource management, land use, agriculture, transportation, housing, health care, and other important community objectives.
MOPC's work results in cost savings for the state and its citizens through reduced litigation and settlement expenses and enhanced capacity for effective problem-solving and civic engagement on major public initiatives in the commonwealth.
As a free-standing institute at the University of Massachusetts Boston, MOPC is committed to improving the quality of its collaborative governance, dispute resolution and deliberative democracy processes by expanding and deepening scholarship in these fields.