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Eleventh Annual Teaching Case and Simulation Competition

E-PARCC is a project of the “Collaborative Governance Initiative” launched in 2007 by the Syracuse University Maxwell School’s Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC).  E-PARCC provides free online resources for those who teach collaborative public management, networks and public management, 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. This year, we are happy to announce the Glendal E. and Alice D. Wright Prize Fund for Conflict and Collaboration Case Studies in International Development, a new competition for cases in Development in Transition and Conflict Societies: Effective Use of Collaborative Methods in International Development. 

Submission Requirements: Case studies should be approximately 15-25 type-written pages (double-spaced).  Simulations should include a minimum of 6 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 yet published elsewhere.  Winning cases and simulations are published online and downloadable free of charge on E-PARCC at: 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 1, 2018.   Finalists will be notified around May 1, 2018.  All entries should be submitted electronically to Questions should be directed to: Catherine Gerard, Director of PARCC at:

Competition 1

Collaborative Public Management, Networks and Public Management, 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 who work in networks often find themselves not solely as 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, networks and public management, collaborative governance, and collaborative problem solving have 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 networks is through the use of case studies, simulations and negotiation exercises.

To further stimulate the creation of effective and innovative teaching cases and simulations in this area, the Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC) at the Syracuse University Maxwell School is sponsoring its eleventh annual competition.  The competition seeks to encourage the development of new cases and new simulations to be used in teaching collaborative public management, collaborative governance and/or collaborative problem solving.

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 $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 in developing and transition societies. 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 present 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 governments through advocacy and actions by civil society organizations

  • The competition is open to academics, researchers, and practitioners that are or have been actively involved in development projects through international multilateral and bilateral donor organizations, national and local governments in transition and conflict countries, and international and national civil society organizations.