Massachusetts Office of Public Collaboration
- The FY 2017 Community Mediation Center Grant Application Request is now open through July 15, 2016
- Access to community mediation strengthened: Read our FY 2015 Community Mediation Center Grant Program Annual Report & Evaluation
- Read the final report: Municipal Conflict Resolution Needs Assessment Study report released
Welcome message from Executive Director Susan Jeghelian:
“Welcome to the Massachusetts Office of Public Collaboration at UMass Boston's John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies. We are the state office for public collaboration serving government agencies and citizens of Massachusetts as a neutral forum for conflict resolution and consensus-building.
Working with us can help you achieve sustainable solutions to public issues. Our neutrality, expertise, and experience in leading successful projects within the commonwealth, and our ease of contracting with public agencies make us an effective and accessible state-level resource.
We look forward to serving you and other institutions and citizens in advancing important initiatives for our state and local communities.”
"At a time of declining trust in government and of increasingly dysfunctional and adversarial relations between many in the public sector, the Massachusetts Office of Public Collaboration seeks to engage citizens directly and positively in problem solving and consensus-building. They play a vital role not only in resolving disputes but offering a new and better way to approach problem solving and to reinvigorate democratic participation."
Ira A. Jackson, Vice Provost for Economic Planning/Resources and Special Projects