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March 23, 2017
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Interested in solutions to our world's most complex problems?

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in•ter•sec•tor |in,tersektor|
noun
1. a space where government, business, and non-profit sectors share expertise, resources, and authority to address problems that cannot be solved by one sector alone

NEW AT THE INTERSECTOR PROJECT

 

A Research Agenda to Advance Cross-sector Collaboration: Proposed Questions for the Research Community

Research on the practice of cross-sector collaboration has the potential to significantly contribute to partnerships for public good by providing novel, generalizable, and actionable insights for the world of practice and equipping practitioners with evidence-based decision making tools. But what are the key research questions that, if answered, would significantly advance the practice of cross-sector collaboration?

 

In our recently released Research Agenda, we present a list and discussion of these key questions, to serve as a source of inspiration for the research community, including scholars, graduate students, and individuals from research and policy institutes, professional associations, professional service firms, and more, from a variety of disciplines. Topics include the costs and benefits of cross-sector collaboration, the benefits of studying failure, the importance of public awareness, and more. Read more.

 

Intersector Briefing: Data collaboratives

 

 

Access to data can have an enormous impact on solving complex problems, from helping to define the scope of the problem to aiding in the assessment of why certain solutions have failed. But data relevant to complex problems are often spread across government agencies, private companies, and non-profit organizations. As interest in this topic grows, this month’s Intersector Briefing includes articles, resources, and more, to get a sense of what data collaboratives can look like, why they’re important, and what challenges individuals and organizations often face in implementing them. Read more.

What We're Reading and Following This Week

 

Route Fifty’s Navigator Awards are back for 2017
Route Fifty is beginning the process for this year's Navigator Awards — The awards will once again feature a Government Allies and Cross-Sector Partners category, and nominations are due in June. For discussion of the importance of awards that celebrate cross-sector successes, see our blog post A win-win situation.

 

Engineers give America's infrastructure D+, again
The American Society of Civil Engineers has released its latest report card for infrastructure in the United States —  a comprehensive assessment of current infrastructure conditions and needs in areas such as transportation, aviation, bridges, schools, and more. The overall grade for America’s infrastructure remained steady at a D+, although grades did rise in some infrastructure categories (such as Rail). For more on the critical issues and problems that need to be resolved to move U.S. infrastructure forward, see our report Infrastructure: An Intersector Issue

 

Drawing on Detroit
SSIR recently released this supplement of content in collaboration with the University of Southern California Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy and The Kresge Foundation. Much of the content has to do with cross-sector collaboration, including Inventive approaches to urban problem solving and Roundtable: cross-sector leadership in Detroit.

 

The steady deconstruction of America's cities
This CityLab piece profiling a new book on gentrification doesn't specifically mention partnerships between public and private sectors, but it probes the public-private dynamics involved in shaping neighborhoods. Private involvement can be “great for areas that are floundering, but when city leaders become too reliant on the plans and dollars of the private sector, the people who had been living and working in these neighborhoods all along have no one to look out for them and the lives they’ve built. Private organizations have different interests and responsibilities when it comes to making plans to spruce up a neighborhood."

 

City of Somerville partners with non-profit to train residents in immigration advocacy
This government-non-profit partnership profiled in Nonprofit Quarterly brings together the City of Somerville and the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition to create an immigration law course for citizens. The initiative represents an example of innovative cross-sector work springing up in response to the current political situation.

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From Our Resource Library
The Collaborative City: How Partnerships between Public and Private Sectors Can Achieve Common Goals

 

“Through the lens of New York City’s experience, this report [from Bloomberg Philanthropies] seeks to provide a framework for understanding how public-private partnerships have evolved as a new and more powerful tool for city government. Part of this formula relies on structures that facilitate and coordinate effective collaboration across sectors.” Read more.

 

Resources for Practitioners

Our Toolkit simply and clearly articulates the essential ingredients of collaboration — an ideal resource for partners to establish a shared understanding of their process and a common language for their work.
 
Our case studies focus on illuminating the key contributions and collaborative tactics of partners from successful intersector collaborations across the United States in a variety of issue areas.

Including hundreds of articles, reports, tools, and more, our Resource Library spans issue areas and partnership types, and can help you find the information and tools you need for your cross-sector thinking and practice.

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