UMass Boston

Massachusetts Office of Public Collaboration

Building Conflict Resolution and Collaborative Capacity within Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Office of Public Collaboration (MOPC) is an applied research center of the McCormack Graduate School of Policy & Global Studies and the statutory dispute resolution agency for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, serving the judicial, executive, and legislative branches of state government and municipalities since 1990.  

MOPC was established to provide effective conflict resolution programs and build collaborative capacity within public agencies. As a knowledge-based neutral forum, the office convenes dispute resolution and public engagement processes, and teaches collaborative governance approaches to help public officials tackle complex policy challenges.  

As the administrator of the state-sponsored community mediation system, MOPC deploys state and local dispute resolution infrastructure to assist public agencies and courts with the design and administration of evidence-based programs for important public issues. MOPC’s successful models and best practices are developed and shared with local and national networks of practitioners and researchers.  

Overall, the office’s expertise and experience in leading impactful initiatives for over 30 years coupled with its research capability and ease of contracting for government agencies, make MOPC an accessible, high-quality public resource. 

Massachusetts Office of Public Collaboration 

UMass Boston 
100 Morrissey Blvd 
McCormack, Floor 1, Room 627 
Boston, MA 02125-3393 

Phone: 617.287.4040 

MOPC programs, Toll-free number: 888.869.1898 

To learn more about the qualified state-funded MA Community Mediation Centers, see the website Resolution Massachusetts.

Meet the MOPC Staff