March 1, 2017
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Moving the needle on a county-wide problem: insights from Orange County’s homelessness cost study

Orange County’s housing market is one of the most expensive in the nation, with the general cost of living in the county 43 percent above the U.S. average. In 2016, it’s estimated that more than 15,000 men, women, and children experienced at least one night of homelessness. 

Addressing this crisis has been “impeded by the unknown costs of care,” argues a new alliance of cross-sector partners in a recent opinion piece in the Orange County Register. The partners have launched a study, to be released this spring, that aims to quantify the costs of homelessness to the Orange County community as a first step to advancing solutions. We spoke with several key partners in the collaboration, who provided insights into their process that hold actionable lessons for practitioners of cross-sector collaboration in a variety of issues areas — from the key steps to affect change after the data is produced to maintaining openness to course shifts. Read more.

Research to Practice:
Strategies for public school and faith-based leaders building partnerships for student success



A persistent achievement gap plagues U.S. public schools. Cross-sector collaboration provides one avenue to improving the services of public schools, rallying partners and their resources around acute student needs and, optimally, altering the paths of students’ academic and personal lives, as well as the community’s well being. New research offers recommended partnership strategies for church and public education leaders to promote learning and academic achievement among African-American youth — from having honest conversations about the resources that each partner is realistically able to give to considering the scale of a program before initiating a partnership. Read more.

What We're Reading and Following This Week


Cross-sector collaboration: what the tipping point looks like
This SSIR article comes from Van Ton-Quinlivan, Vice Chancellor of the Workforce and Economic Development Division for California Community Colleges. She presents strategies for improving career technical education that involve working with a range of stakeholders. “The ecosystem created by cross-sector collaboration positions our community colleges to develop California’s skilled workforce in ways that furthers social mobility and fuels economic competitiveness for the state,” she writes.


Women’s Fund announces innovative public-private partnership
A tri-sector collaboration in Western Massachusetts aims to improve economic prosperity for young women in the area. Partners include the Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts, MassMutual Foundation, and state Treasurer Deb Goldberg’s Office of Economic Empowerment. “We truly value this partnership that leverages available resources in an innovative and collaborative way,” said Ali Mathias, MassMutual Director of Charitable Giving.


Better Together: Unleashing the Power of the Private Sector to Tackle Non-Communicable Diseases
This partnering guidebook from The Partnering Initiative, Union for International Cancer Control, and Bupa walks stakeholders through building business-non-profit collaborations to tackle non-communicable diseases (NCDs), a topic we covered in a Research to Practice piece from 2015. "While we are all affected by NCDs, our drivers are different, we speak different languages, and we have different incentives and ways of working, different expectations, different cultures," the authors write.

Can private investment work for rural infrastructure?
This Route Fifty piece recaps a meeting of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works that contained much discussion of whether or not public-private partnerships present an effective means of building infrastructure in rural communities. “Rural states are unlikely to attract investors for those projects even if any project revenues are supplemented by tax credits,” said Bill Panos, Director of the Wyoming Department of Transportation. 

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Case Study Corner:
Building Commercial and Environmental Partnerships in Crystal Cove

In 2012, California’s Marine Life Protection Act created 52 unique protected areas along the Pacific coast where fishing is either prohibited or severely restricted. The act was a source of disagreement in the Crystal Cove area between environmentalists who supported it and fishermen who felt it threatened their livelihoods. Crystal Cove Alliance envisioned a cross-sector partnership that would further conservation efforts as well as provide fishermen with new opportunities for sustainably keeping boats on the water with non-consumptive educational K-12 field trips. Read more.


Upcoming Events


TPI’s Building Effective Partnerships for Development
On March 8-10, The Partnering Initiative will deliver a 2.5-day basic partnering skills workshop in Washington, D.C., as part of Global Partnerships Week. The course is for practitioners from all sectors who need to build their understanding of how to work effectively in partnership. Learn more and register.


An Introduction to The Intersector Process: Cross-sector Collaboration in the Public Sector
We’ll be leading an NLC University workshop at the National League of Cities Congressional City Conference on March 11. The session is designed to introduce public-sector officials and staff to key management tactics for cross-sector collaboration. Learn more and register.

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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