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The effectiveness of mediation: An independent analysis of cases handled by four major service providers


A study of 449 cases administered by four major providers of ADR services showed that mediation was capable of settling 78 percent of cases, regardless of whether the parties had been sent to mediation by a court or had selected the process voluntarily. Mediation also cost far less than arbitration, took less time, and was judged a more satisfactory process than arbitration.

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Jeanne M. Brett is the DeWitt W. Buchanan, Jr. Professor of Dispute Resolution and Organizations at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill. 60208

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Brett, J.M., Barsness, Z.I. & Goldberg, S.B. The effectiveness of mediation: An independent analysis of cases handled by four major service providers. Negot J 12, 259–269 (1996).

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