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Ten Notable Resources for State Elected Officials Involved in Cross-sector Collaboration

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By The Intersector Project
February 16, 2018

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.

Here we present resources for state elected officials involved in cross-sector collaboration — tools, articles and reports about topics ranging from governors’ involvement in education to enacting legislation for transportation P3s.

View all our curated lists here.

(Report) Partnering with the Private and Philanthropic Sectors: A Governor’s Guide to Investing in Early Childhood, NGA Center for Best Practices, Sarah Daily, Anna Lovejoy, and Joan Lombardi, 2008

“Several governors have partnered with private and philanthropic leaders to maximize funding and achieve positive outcomes for young children. This report describes the nature and activities of such early childhood public-private partnerships. It aims to help governors and state policymakers navigate through the decisions they will make if they wish to pursue such partnerships in their own state.”

(Scholarly article) A Case Study in Collaborative Governance: Health Care Law Reform in Georgia, Conflict Resolution Quarterly, Charity Scott, 2011

“This case study illustrates how collaborative governance through consensus building can work well to achieve law reform, with shared responsibilities among elected officials, private and professional stakeholders, and ordinary citizens. The author discusses the participants involved and the process adopted in Georgia to reform the state’s law on advance directives for health care.”

(Tool) Public Private Partnership Models, U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency, 2015

This collection of examples of public-private partnerships is organized by jurisdiction (e.g., national, state, city) and is intended to help users “learn more about emergency management public-private partnerships.” The State section includes examinations of the Alaska Partnership for Infrastructure Protection, Colorado Emergency Preparedness Partnership and more.

(Report) More Than Cost Savings: A New Framework for Valuing Potential Pay for Success Projects, Urban Institute, Stan Dorn, Justin Milner, and Matthew Eldridge, 2017

“This paper outlines a holistic framework that integrates potential fiscal and non-fiscal benefits [to pay for success], providing policymakers with clear and simple criteria when considering PFS projects.”

(Tool) Public-Private Partnership (P3) Model State Legislation, Bipartisan Policy Center, 2015

“[This] model legislation is the product of review of best practices nationwide. While drafted with the intention of having each state tailor the legislation according to its needs and circumstances, states considering adopting P3-enabling legislation for the first time or updating their existing laws may want to use this model as a tool.”

(Report) Strength in Numbers: Leveraging the power of cross sector collaboration and data analytics to combat the opioid epidemic, PwC, Chris O’Brien, Nini Donovan and Mete Tuzcu, 2016

“State and local governments, the medical community, and educators are exploring innovative approaches to address the [opioid] epidemic.” The authors of this report “highlight the lessons learned from a major initiative by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and offer a number of recommendations for addressing the crisis of opioid abuse that can be applied by any state or locality.”

(Article) Supporting Healthy Communities: How Rethinking the Funding Approach Can Break Down Silos and Promote Health and Health Equity, Deloitte University Press, Jitinder Kohli and Anne De Biasi, 2017

“We see cross-sector coordination as key to tomorrow’s health care system functioning — and we recognize the challenge for organizations unaccustomed to collaborating,” write Jitinder Kohli and Anne De Biasi. “In this article, we offer an approach to address a particularly challenging aspect of coordination — that of coordinating funds.”

(Scholarly article) The Costs of Cooperation: What the Research Tells Us about Managing the Risks of Service Collaborations in the U.S. (scholarly article), State and Local Government Review, Jered B. Carr and Christopher V. Hawkins, 2013

“Service collaborations often must confront risks arising from problems of coordination, division, and defection. U.S. scholars have focused on understanding the efficacy of three general strategies to reducing these risks. First, the use of adaptive and restrictive contracts to reduce the risks from service characteristics has received a lot of attention. Second, scholars have studied how the use of different institutional arrangements reduces the risks of collaborative service provision. Third, attention has been devoted to understanding how the social networks of administrators and elected officials mitigate risk in sharing services. This article concludes with suggestions for future research on this topic.”

(Report) P3 Infrastructure Delivery: Principles for State Legislatures, The National Conference of State Legislatures, 2017

“Informed heavily by the NCSL Foundation Partnership on Multi-Sector Public-Private Partnerships, this report attempts to connect concepts from the NCSL P3 Toolkit with real-world examples and developments in P3 enabling statutes.”

(Scholarly article) Strengthening Political Leadership and Policy Innovation through the Expansion of Collaborative Forms of Governance, Public Management Review, Jacob Torfing and Christopher Ansell, 2016
“This article explores how political leadership and policy innovation can be enhanced through collaborative governance. The main findings are that while wicked and unruly problems create an urgent need for policy innovation, politicians are badly positioned to initiate, drive and lead this innovation. … Collaborative policy innovation offers a solution to these limitations.”

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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