Who is MOPC?
The Massachusetts Office of Public Collaboration (MOPC) is the state office dedicated to public collaboration and dispute resolution in Massachusetts. MOPC provides effective forums for conflict resolution, public decision-making and community involvement on contentious public issues, and builds capacity within public agencies. MOPC is a free-standing statutory institute of the University of Massachusetts Boston, formerly a state agency within the Executive Office for Administration & Finance known as the Massachusetts Office of Dispute Resolution (MODR). For more information, see our About Us page.
Where are MOPC offices located?
MOPC offices are located in on the University of Massachusetts Boston campus, in the McCormack Building on the first floor (Room 627). For our mailing address and additional contact information, see our Contact Us page.
What kind of work does MOPC do?
MOPC offers a variety of services to state agencies and local government through proven approaches, including mediation, consensus-building, public participation, and deliberative dialogue. For details about these services, see the Services page or Contact Us.
What are the fees for MOPC services?
MOPC charges fees for its services pursuant to its enabling statute (G.L. Ch. 75, Section 46). Fees are paid voluntarily by parties receiving services and are collected to compensate MOPC for operating expenses. Initial consultations are provided free of charge. Payment of MOPC fees by state agencies is simplified through the use of the interdepartmental services agreements (ISAs). Fees vary by program or project type and scope. For further information on public agency contracting with MOPC see About Us.
What does “neutral forum” mean?
The term neutral forum means an institution that has a reputation for impartiality, objectivity, credibility and the ability to create a neutral “space” in which leaders can gather participants to address issues. More information regarding MOPC’s role as a neutral forum can be found on the Services page.
How do I engage MOPC or get more information about MOPC’s services?
What opportunities are there to work for MOPC?
How do I become a MOPC Affiliate Practitioner?
MOPC periodically issues a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to recruit affiliate practitioners to serve on public contracts. Information regarding the RFQ will be posted on our website News page.