I’m pleased to add here the recent information from the IMI on the survey, which I last noted in my December entry, last year. This is the memo from IMI:
We are pleased to share with you the results of the IMI 2016 International Mediation & ADR Survey, which are now published on the IMI Portal:
In total, 815 participants completed this census survey, from mediation users, mediators, advisors, educators, students, providers and other stakeholders. The survey was designed to gather census data as well as views about Mediation & ADR Awareness. As statistical data in this area is still largely in its infancy, the results were particularly insightful and eye opening.
We very much appreciate the time and participation of all survey respondents. Their insight into conciliatory methods is of particular value to the Alternative Dispute Resolution community at a time when conflicts between businesses, governments and individuals are rapidly escalating on numerous fronts.
Certainly as IMI approaches its 10th anniversary, this information (and the many additional written comments submitted with this overview) will help us to prioritise efforts to raise the profile of mediation and ADR around the world. We hope the survey also inspires you to generate ideas in your own communities on how to continue to grow mediation and ADR as a viable alternative to drawn out legal proceedings.
Ute A. Joas Quinn and the Survey Team
International Mediation Institute