Practice Overview

Kurt Lewin, the father of social psychology, once described the ideal relationship between social psychological research and “real world” social issues as “No action without research and no research without action.”  Founded  by Morton Deutsch in 1986, the ICCCR is committed to:

  • Bridging the gap between research and theory on cooperation and conflict and the daily challenges of managing and resolving conflict faced by practitioners (e.g., educators; civil servants; negotiators and mediators; managers and consultants.)
  • Using  evidence-based knowledge to  influence social issues and improve quality of life
  •  Applying the experiential knowledge of practitioners to informing  new research and theory development.

Early on Deutsch created innovative vehicles for bringing together academics and conflict resolution practitioners:

  • A conference on “Interrupting Oppression”
  • A series of conversations between researchers and practitioners culminating in The Handbook of Conflict Resolution (Deutsch & Coleman, eds., 2000)

Early ICCCR Practice Projects included:

  • Grant-funded work with NYC community-based organizations to provide conflict resolution, organization and community development training.  The ICCCR evaluated the impact of the training and the training helped the organizations achieve their objectives.
  • A NYC Dept. of Education project to help plan and facilitate Study Circle Programs (“Helping Every Student Succeed”),  addressing  concerns of the uneven distribution of resources within the school districts.

Current ICCCR Practice Initiatives:

Practice Initiatives may comprise:

  • Applied research
  • Practical support for addressing group or community problems
  • A combination of both.

In addition, we are developing:

  • Tools and Assessments as aids to research
  • Service Offerings, including consulting, training and curriculum development.
  • Learning Resources, including webcasts; case studies; simulations and toolkits.

Past initiatives