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22 Conflict Resol. Q. 1 (2004-2005)

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T his   special double issue of Conflict Resolution Quarterly (CRQ), Con-
     flict Resolution in the Field: Assessing the Past, Charting the Future,
will be a resource to our field at a time when we are experiencing some pro-
found  changes, as Terry Amsler notes in the Final Comments section. It is
always wise for a field to take stock of what it has accomplished, but it
is essential to do so when questions of efficacy require cogent answers to
continue to receive support for current and future efforts. Our field is in
such a moment,  and our future is colored by our ability to honestly portray
the progress of our past.
    The focus of this issue is twofold: (1) to report and critique existing
field research in seven practice areas and (2) to suggest future directions
for research, policy, and practice in each area. Respected scholars have
provided  review articles and commentaries in the areas of family, court,
community,  workplace, environmental,  restorative justice, and conflict res-
olution education arenas. In each review article, a strong organizing princi-
ple was the emphasis on structural elements in the field that have an impact
on the outcomes  of conflict resolution practice. Review articles report com-
prehensive results from methodologically rigorous evaluations, with efforts
to include unpublished  sources such  as dissertations, grant reports, and
private organizations' evaluations. Due to space constraints, the review
authors do not integrate the valuable research done in nonfield settings. To
scholars and practitioners who are ably informed by this body of work, we
certainly acknowledge its value and foundation as professionals use theory
to inform practice.
    It is tempting to summarize across a body of work as diverse and com-
plex as that reported here. But any conclusion is too much of a gloss to be
helpful. I encourage readers to carefully consider the conclusions offered in
each practice area. My own  assessment of this information is positive: the
field of conflict resolution has proven itself in most areas. Still, we have not
yet completely  confirmed  the true potential of our field to accomplish
interpersonal and social change. There is much more to do.
    I would like to acknowledge several people who made  this issue possi-
ble. First and foremost is Lisa B. Bingham. This volume would  not have
        CONFLICT RESOLUTION QUARTERLY, vol. 22, no. 1-2, Fall-Winter 2004 @0 Wiley Periodicals, Inc., 1
                                         and the Association for Conflict Resolution

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