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Maryland Cost/Benefit Analysis of ADR will have National Implications

SJI recently awarded a grant (SJI-13-N-028) to the Maryland Judiciary, Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC), and the Maryland Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office (MACRO) to implement the final phases of their policy and program analysis of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in the state. The goals of this project are to: 1) conduct a comprehensive cost/benefit analysis of ADR in several Maryland settings, including short and long-term costs to the Judiciary, litigants, and other public agencies; 2) assess the effectiveness of various ADR approaches and an understanding of what approaches are more effective in various settings; and 3) develop an understanding of the role of ADR in promoting access to justice. There is currently a lack of comprehensive state level data on the full costs of ADR, including best practices; therefore, this project will fill a major gap by providing a model for ADR assessment. At the end of this project, there will resources available to all state courts seeking to further examine the effectiveness of their ADR programs.