MOPC assesses all potential projects using the following criteria to determine whether its services are appropriate:
- The project is consistent with the vision, mission, policies and scope of MOPC.
- The project addresses important public policy issues or community needs.
- The potential sponsorship and support for the project by leaders of affected parties is sufficient to promote meaningful results and leadership for follow through.
- The project encourages work across units within state and/or local government and/or across public, private and civic sectors within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
- Funding for the project is available through the sponsor, participants and/or other funders.
- MOPC can provide useful resources or services appropriate to the project and obtain results in a reasonable period of time relative to the complexity and history of the issue.
- The project provides an opportunity to build capacity in institutions and/or communities or may result in the incorporation of collaborative approaches to dispute resolution or policy-making so that parties are better able to resolve problems and conflicts in the future.
- The project provides the opportunity to learn valuable principles and/or gain knowledge in a policy area that helps MOPC be more useful in the future.
- The project provides opportunities to enrich the teaching, research and public service activities of the University of Massachusetts and provides learning opportunities for students.