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Ten Notable Resources for Local Elected Officials Involved in Cross-Sector Collaboration

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By The Intersector Project
September 19, 2017

To help users find essential, quality resources from our Resource Library, The Intersector Project creates curated lists on a variety of topics, bringing important practitioner- and academic-oriented work to the forefront.Vaz - collaboration1

This list of resources is intended for local elected officials involved in cross-sector collaboration. These cases, tools, scholarly articles and reports tackle topics ranging from mayors and businesses working together to improve economic growth to pay for success initiatives for education to broadband public-private partnerships and more.

View all our curated lists here.

  1. (Case Study) Mayors and Businesses Driving Economic Growth, U.S. Conference of Mayors, 2016
    This collection of case studies in collaboration between local government and the private sector “showcases outstanding and innovative public/private partnerships submitted by the Mayors Business Council to inspire other cities and companies to work together in addressing the economic challenges facing cities and our nation.”
  2. (Scholarly Article) The Transformative Effects of Public-Private Partnerships in Cleveland: An Inside View of Good Government under Mayors Voinovich and Jackson, Urban Publications, Vera Vogelsang-Coombs, William M. Denihan, and Melanie F. Baur, 2014
    “This article focuses on two mayoral-led public-private partnerships designed to renew good government in Cleveland … The article concludes with the lessons learned and the governance implications of a mayoral-led public-private partnership in fostering long-term (transformative) administrative change.”
  3. (Tool) The Collaborative Service Delivery Matrix: A Decision Tool to Assist Local Governments, ICMA, Alliance for Innovation, and the Center for Urban Innovation at Arizona State University David Swindell 2015
    This tool is intended to help “local leaders and their staff determine whether the conditions for expanding collaborative service delivery efforts may help local governments … achieve their goals. The tool … helps communities determine whether or not a collaborative arrangement is a good idea … [and] helps those that want to pursue a collaborative arrangement (as determined by part one) choose from among five fundamental types of collaborative arrangements by using the same information developed in part one of the tool.”
  4. (Report) Successful Public-private Partnerships: From Principles to Practices, Urban Land Institute, Stephen B. Friedman, 2016
    “The purpose of this publication is to build on the [Urban Land Institute’s] Ten Principles [for Successful Public/Private Partnerships] to provide public and private sector representatives with an understanding of both the necessity for, and the obstacles and opportunities inherent in, PPPs and a toolkit of best practices for the creation of effective [real estate] PPPs.”
  5. (Tool) Toolbox Overview for Building Needle-moving Community Collaborations, White House Council for Community Solutions, 2012
    “The [White House Council for Community Solutions] has developed this Community Collaboratives Toolbox to guide communities in creating or improving their own needle-moving collaboratives. … The Community Collaboratives Toolbox includes a detailed guide of key activities and resources for each stage of a collaborative‘s ‘life cycle,’ as well as an assessment module to better understand whether a collaborative is prepared to move to the next stage.”
  6. (Report) The Collaborative City: How Partnerships between Public and Private Sectors Can Achieve Common Goals, Freedman Consulting, LLC and Bloomberg Philanthropies, 2013
    “Through the lens of New York City’s experience, this report seeks to provide a framework for understanding how public-private partnerships have evolved as a new and more powerful tool for city government.”
  7. (Report) Community Based Public-private Partnerships (CBP3s) and Alternative Market-based Tools for Integrated Green Stormwater Infrastructure: A Guide for Local Governments, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2015
    “This document presents a model Community Based Public Private Partnership (CBP3) program, with a variety of emerging market-based tools, that will help municipalities … meet their stormwater management regulatory and community development municipal stormwater management program needs.”
  8. (Tool) PFS + ECE: Pay for Success Early Childhood Education Toolkit, Urban Institute, 2016
    “This toolkit is designed to guide jurisdictions and their partners through the core elements of a PFS project in early childhood education: the existing evidence for early childhood interventions, the role of data, the measurement and pricing of outcomes, program funding and financing, implementation, and evaluation design. The toolkit includes a series of helpful features, including checklists, charts, and questions for consideration, to help direct and clarify thinking around the feasibility of pay for success to scale what works in early childhood education.”
  9. (Report) How Public Policy Can Support Collective Impact, Collective Impact Forum, FSG, and Forum for Youth Investment, 2014
    This learning brief outlines and provides examples of the “current policies, governmental structures, and processes [that] do help partnerships achieve collective impact” and shares recommendations for how policy makers, as well as others involved in the policy-making process, can improve public policy’s ability to support collective impact.
  10. (Report) Successful Strategies for Broadband Public-private Partnerships, Institute for Local Self Reliance, Patrick Lucey and Christopher Mitchell, 2016
    “The transition from last generation basic broadband networks to next-generation fiber-optic networks is underway. … Smart cities are realizing they need to act or risk being left behind. …  One way for those communities to move forward is with a public-private partnership (PPP). … This paper explores lessons from PPPs and offers in-depth case studies of three high profile models.”

Author: The Intersector Project is a non-profit organization that empowers practitioners in the business, government, and non-profit sectors to collaborate to solve problems that cannot be solved by one sector alone. We create accessible, credible, and practically valuable resources that are publicly available in full through our website. Visit us at Intersector.com

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