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  • Teaching Collaboration and Collaborative Problem Solving

    Today’s public managers often work in multi-organizational networks to solve problems that cannot be solved easily by single organizations. E-PARCC provides teaching tools that prepare future public administrators with skills that will help them collaborate successfully across organizations in public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Our award-winning simulations and cases actively engage students in creative, collaborative work to solve problems and foster change in the real world.

  • 2020 Annual Teaching Case and Simulation and Competition 

    To further stimulate the creation of effective and innovative teaching cases and simulations, the Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC) at the Syracuse University Maxwell School is sponsoring its twelfth annual competition of E-PARCC.  E-PARCC is a project of the “Collaborative Governance Initiative” launched in 2007.  It provides free online resources for those who teach collaborative public management, network governance and analysis, collaborative governance, international development, and collaborative problem solving around the world.  Over 3,000 visitors per month from 40 different countries take advantage of E-PARCC teaching materials. In 2018, the Glendal E. and Alice D. Wright Prize for cases in Development in Transition and Conflict Societies: Effective Use of Collaborative Methods in International Development introduced a new E-PARCC competition. 

    Competition 1 

    Collaborative Public Management, Network Governance and Analysis,

    Collaborative Governance, and Collaborative Problem Solving 

    Competition funding: $5,000 prize for best teaching case, $5,000 for best teaching simulation, and additional $1,000 honorable mention prizes

    Public managers are rarely unitary leaders of unitary organizations.  Instead, they often find themselves collaborating in multi-organizational networked arrangements and with the public to solve problems that cannot be solved, or solved easily, by single organizations. Collaborative public management, network governance and analysis, collaborative governance, and collaborative problem solving have therefore become essential topics in most public management and public policy programs.  But collaboration is not simply a body of substantive knowledge; it is also a set of skills. We believe that one of the best ways to prepare students to operate in a collaborative world is through the use of case studies, simulations and negotiation exercises.

    Competition 2

    Glendal E. and Alice D. Wright Prize Fund for Conflict and Collaboration Case Studies in International Development.  Development in Transition and Conflict Societies: Effective Use of Collaborative Methods in International Development

    Competition funding: $5,000 prize for best teaching case and additional $1,000 honorable mention prizes

    The international development community has faced significant political, economic, social, and environmental challenges over the past decades to improve the quality of public services and the lives of people in the transition and conflict countries in the developing world. These challenges have been addressed through such world-wide programs reflected in the MDGs, SDGs, and any number of global efforts to achieve these development goals. While there are improvements resulting from these development programs, there is still much work to be done to eradicate poverty and improve the livelihoods of people in these countries. Learning approaches that emphasize participatory, collaborative, and conflict-sensitive strategies and skills have been found to be effective for enhancing public policy and managerial capacities. Such learning, however, often depends on having relevant case materials that address situation-specific requirements of diverse audiences. Given the scope and magnitude of development training needs and the need to prepare professionals through graduate education, there is a critical shortage of such teaching materials. This special E-PARCC competition aims to expand the knowledge base of relevant case studies, drawing on the experiences of international development academics, researchers, and practitioners. 

    Entries for this special competition should focus on collaborative methods in the following areas of development management in transition and conflict countries:

    ·         Identification of public policy issues and methods of developing and implementing solutions to these problems

    ·         Innovative management approaches to improve the delivery of public services 

    ·         Innovations in the design, implementation, and evaluation of international development programs

    ·         Application of participatory and consensus building methods that overcome societal divisions

    ·         Methods of improving open, transparent and accountable government through advocacy and actions by civil society organizations 

    Submission Requirements: Case and simulations studies on E-PARCC vary widely. In general, cases are approximately 15-25 type-written pages (double-spaced).  Simulations should include a minimum of 4 players.  All entries must include a teaching note. Selection of the winners will be made by a committee of scholars and practitioners.  All cases and simulations must be original and not published elsewhere.  Winning cases and simulations are published online and downloadable free of charge on the
    E-PARCC website. Many cases and simulations are published in three languages:  English, Spanish, and Chinese.  Full credit is given to authors.

    To enter: Submit original teaching case studies and teaching simulations no later than March 15, 2020.

    Finalists will be notified around May 1, 2020. 
    All entries should be submitted electronically to the PARCC office at
    Questions should be directed to: Catherine Gerard, Director of PARCC at

    We invite you to check out the new Public Engagement Toolbox (, a collection of links to reliable, research-based sources of information for public officials charged with holding meetings to involve the public in decisions. Created under the direction of Prof. Tina Nabatchi, this website offers step-by-step guidance on engaging with communities and constituents effectively.

    E-PARCC Facts
    Leadership. E-PARCC is a project of the Collaborative Governance Initiative led by the Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration.  It was founded in 2007 by Rosemary O'Leary and Catherine Gerard, then Co-Directors of PARCC.
    Resources. Cases and simulations are free for use under a Creative Commons license, and may be available in English, Spanish, and Chinese.
    Competition. Each year, E-PARCC invites applicants to submit new teaching cases and simulations.
    Sponsors. Support for E-PARCC has come from the John Ben Snow Foundation, Inc., Howard G. and S. Louise Phansteil, and Glendal E. and Alice D. Wright.

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  • E-PARCC Profiles

    John B. Stephens

    Associate Professor of Public Administration and Government at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    John B. Stephens

    Co-author with Ricardo S. Morse of the simulation, “City Park: Community Collaboration and Rotating Facilitator Exercise”