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Finding examples of fair outcomes

Facilitators and organisations know that most disputes are also about money, or dividing assets. How much child support?

What challenges does it focus on?

Collecting information about fair outcomes. What are norms and criteria? Which fair solutions have been used and accepted in this community?

Short summary

  Facilitators and organisations know, that most disputes are also about money, or dividing assets. How much child support? Compensation in case of eviction? Increase of rent? Share in use of water or land? Knowing how others solved these issues helps. Sharing rules are rules of thumb about what is fair. Sometimes they already exist. (See the information on this website under Sharing Rules) They help calculate answers to questions as how can I know what amount of compensation is fair when I get evicted? What amount of child support can I reasonably ask in my situation? How do I know what a fair wage is for my job? (see here for an example about compensation for eviction). Such examples can be shared with the parties and be used to determine fair outcomes. Collecting information about fair outcomes This can be done as follows:

  • Your own practice and experience. What norms did you see?
  • Experiences of colleagues. Ask a group of them what they know about criteria used. Which outcomes were found acceptable in similar cases.
  • Concrete laws. Sometimes laws give criteria or a formula.
  • Experiences of local lawyers, village chiefs, or police officers
  • Surveys among people about what they (or others) received as outcomes

Developing new sharing rules Sharing rules can also be developed. If there is no clear standard for fair outcomes, it can help to do this.

  • You can use the experience of decision making third parties.
  • Develop and present scenarios that reflect common disputes in common situations.
  • Ask them what they think the outcome should be in that situation.

What level of evidence is it based on?

This is the level of evidence, on a glidingscale

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Research evidence

Questions to find a sharing rule:

  • what possible criteria do you see to share?
  • What share criteria should other people in a situation like this use?
  • How could we find these criteria?
  • Who could tell us more about good criteria?
  • What could be good process?

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