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The Center's research on collaboration has emerged from several years of studies and surveys.  The following links are the full reports, papers, and summaries relating to Intergovernmental Collaboration.
Each case study focuses on a different kind of inter-governmental collaboration, and each is intended to document progress made by these collaborative projects between the fall of 2009 and the fall of 2010.The Center has released Executive Summaries for a series of eight case studies it is preparing on local government collaboration in northeast Ohio.  The collaborative projects addressed in the case studies were proposed by eight finalists in the Fund for Our Economic Future’s (FFEF) Efficient Government Now (EGN) Round 1, which took place in 2009.Cover for Set Merged copy
This paper was delivered in Washington D.C. in the Fall of 2010 at the Annual conference of the American Political Science Association.  It portrays how the existing theories and literature on intergovernmental collaboration translate into practice. It suggests that external incentives and patterns of relationships among local governments which build trust enable progress in intergovernmental collaboration.APSA Paper
This 2009 report, sponsored by the Ohio Commission on Local Government Reform and Collaboration, addresses the growing trend regarding collaboration among local governments today, gaps in our knowledge about the recent efforts by Ohio local governments to collaborate with one another, and ways in which state and local governments can further intergovernmental collaborations.







The Fund For Our Economic Future began the EfficientGovNow grant in early 2009 to promote and motivate the practice of collaboration in Northeast Ohio.  Entities submitted proposed collaborative efforts, and residents voted to award grant funding to the three proposals with the highest numbers of votes.  Each of these surveys are designed to gather information on the status of these proposed collaborations - with the initial survey conducted during the summer of 2009, and the follow-up survey conducted during the summer of 2010.

EGN Survey








This work represents an attempt to gauge the status of the current literature regarding inducements and barriers to collaborative efforts for governmental units of various sizes. The final product comes in the form of an annotated bibliography of more than 30 peer-reviewed works and/or technical reports. An additional list of sources not summarized within the annotated bibliography is included for supplementary reference purposes.Lit Review