Research Articles

In July, 2010, the IACP completed two research projects that provide valuable feedback to the IACP, its members and those more generally who are interested in Collaborative Practice. Crescent Research, Inc., under contract with IACP, collected data and maintains the database for purposes of confidentiality.

1. The IACP Practice Survey

This study collected important information from IACP members from October 2006 to July 2010 regarding the profile and outcomes of collaborative cases. The information has been tabulated to provide informative and pertinent feedback regarding cases in five countries, 28 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, and three Canadian provinces. Nine jurisdictions (USA, Canada, Alberta, California, Georgia, Illinois, Minnesota, New York, and Texas) have over 50 cases enabling data to be reported separately. The database contains 933 cases.

2. The Client Experience Survey

This survey was conducted as a pilot project in 2007 (with an original sample size of 45) and then relaunched in a more comprehensive format collecting data from 2009 to July 2010. It obtained information from clients whose cases were reported in the IACP Practice Survey regarding their attitudes and perceptions about the collaborative process. Their feedback will provide direction to collaborative professionals regarding the elements of Collaborative Practice that are most likely to result in high levels of client satisfaction. Client identities and responses are completely confidential. The Client Experience Survey database contains 98 client surveys, including the original 45 cases.

The articles below attempt to describe in some significant detail the statistical findings from both Surveys, as well as suggest some preliminary conclusions regarding Collaborative Practice. Additional research articles, including a doctoral dissertation and findings from a survey conducted by the Collaborative Council of Redwood Empire Practice Group, are available below as well. The IACP hopes these findings will provide a starting place for further research on this important process.

(For IACP members or Practice Groups interested in conducting their own research, please log into the Member Area and see the Collaborative Practice Surveys which includes a link to Survey questions that can be adapted to members' and groups' particular interests.)

Additional information on Collaborative Practice research can be found in the Member section under Collaborative Practice Data.

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FAQ Based on Cases Reported to the Practice Survey as of July 6, 2010 International Academy of Collaborative Professionals Research Project

FAQ with Answers Based on 98 Client Experience Surveys Completed for the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP) Research Project As of July 6, 2010

Linda K. Wray, JD, on behalf of the IACP Research Committee
The International Academy of Collaborative Professionals Research Regarding Collaborative Practice (Basic Findings)

Gay G. Cox, JD
Profile of Common Characteristics in Collaborative Cases

Linda K. Wray, JD, on behalf of the IACP Research Committee
What clients say about their satisfaction with Collaborative Professionals

Linda K. Wray, JD, on behalf of the IACP Research Committee
What clients say about their experience in the Collaborative process

Gay G. Cox, JD and Linda K. Wray, JD, on behalf of the IACP Research Committee
Comparing Difficult with Very Difficult Terminated and Settled Collaborative Cases

Research Conducted by the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
Difficulty Factors Chart

Gay G. Cox, JD
Geographical Differences among Five U.S. States and One Canadian Province

Gay G. Cox, JD, Honey Sheff PhD, Tracy Stewart CFP and Linda Wray JD
IACP Practice Survey Research Report Comparing Jurisdictions

Randy J. Heller, PhD
Dissertation: Exploring Competency and The Role of the Mental Health Professional in Interdisciplinary Collaborative Family Law: What Do ‘They’ Do?

Nancy Fishman, PhD
The Role of the Mental Health Professional In the Collaborative Process

Nancy Williger, PhD
Collecting Research Data in Practice Group

Margaret L. Anderson, AAML, CFLS, JD, on behalf of the Collaborative Council of the Redwood Empire
Data Gathering In The Collaborative Council of the Redwood Empire