Prepared by: Sarah Vander Veen
Vander Veen Research & Evaluation
The purpose of this report is to synthesize the existing empirical evidence about the cost-effectiveness of mediation, that is, the extent to which mediation can save public funds and bolster the economy1. I focus on three substantive areas: civil (including small claims) disputes, family disputes, and workplace disputes. In these domains, there are several direct and indirect routes through which mediation can have economic benefits at the societal level.