• CASES AND SIMULATIONS

  • Policy Area: Community Planning

  • Addressing ELCA: An Exercise in Designing and Facilitating Stakeholder Processes

    To promote an understanding of the complexities behind stakeholder engagement in multi-actor environmental and land use planning processes, this simulation asks students to design and facilitate a citizen/stakeholder meeting in the early stages of a long-term collaborative project where economic, environmental and social interests converge. AUTHOR: Rob Alexander, Rochester Institute of Technology. First Place Award, Best Teaching Simulation Competition, 2010

     

    Building a Healthy Community

    As funding agencies increasingly focus on community-based projects, they often have clear ideas of how these processes should unfold. This case presents recurrent points of tension around resident representation in a community planning process and highlights important junctures where barriers to resident inclusion are confronted. AUTHORS: Victoria Lowerson and Martha S. Feldman, University of California, Irvine. First Place Award, Best Teaching Case Competition, 2012

     

    City Park: Community Collaboration and Rotating Facilitator Exercise

    This exercise gives students a chance to both participate in a collaborative problem-solving process and practice facilitating a meeting as part of that process. The simulation spans five meetings of an ad hoc working group put together by the city council to explore options for the future of a city park. AUTHORS: John B. Stephens and Ricardo S. Morse, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Honorable mention, Best Teaching Simulation Competition, 2012
     

    Collaborative Design of Citizen Engagement in City and County Comprehensive Planning

    Students explore the challenges of public managers collaborating with the public as they work with elected officials, citizen activists, and business representatives to create a proposal for engaging citizens in comprehensive planning. This simulation allows students to experience collaborative problem solving and can be used to teach facilitation skills. AUTHOR: Thomas A. Bryer, University of Central Florida. First Place Award, Best Teaching Simulation Competition, 2007

     

    Collaborative Solutions to Transportation, Land Use and Community Design Issues: The City of Chance and Lucky Highway 13

    In this simulation, local government officials, highway officials, business representatives, and community protection advocates are asked to develop a consensus design plan, with the intent of satisfying as many interests as possible. AUTHOR: Jeff Loux, University of California, Davis. Honorable mention, Best Teaching Simulation Competition, 2007

     

    Community Engagement for Organizational Change

    A newly hired City of Seattle Arts Director faces the challenge of engaging community stakeholders to develop a long-term financial and organizational strategy for a venerable city-run cultural and arts center. The case provides the opportunity for students to articulate what constitutes ethical stewardship, community engagement, and participatory decision-making, particularly in settings in which racial inclusion, equity, and social justice are at stake.  Author: Alexandra Wakeman Rouse, Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Washington, Advisor: Dr. Stephen Page, Associate Professor, Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Washington.  First Place Award,Best Teaching Case 2016. 

     

    Creating a Community Partnership

    For this simulation, students must craft a proposal that reflects a federal funder’s goal of using multiorganizational partnerships to address public issues at the local level. Proposals must explain how partnerships will be structured, how networks will be managed, what governance issues are likely to arise, and how success will be measured. AUTHORS: Keith Provan and Brint Milward, University of Arizona. Honorable mention, Best Teaching Simulation Competition, 2007

     

    Cross-sector Collaboration and Urban Revitalization in Buffalo, NY

    Economic downturn has resulted in the under-utilization of Buffalo’s urban neighborhoods, such as its downtown and the post-industrial waterfront of the Erie Canal Harbor.  Policymakers must find ways to revive these areas, both by stimulating economic development and by creating vibrant live-work communities to attract new residents. AUTHORS: Madeleine R. Hamlin and Jesse Lecy, Syracuse University Maxwell School.  Honorable Mention, Best Teaching Case Competition, 2017 

     

    Developing a Young Professionals Network for the Arts

    A local government arts and culture agency facing budget cuts must promote existing programs while developing new programming through new networks. In this simulation, students learn an 8-step process for creating a new network from the ground up, from identifying needs to selecting a management structure. AUTHORS: Thomas A. Bryer and Kristin N. Stewart, University of Central Florida. Honorable mention, Best Teaching Simulation Competition, 2008

     

    Education in Adlabad

    This simulation illuminates the complexities and challenges of public administration and management in an international network setting characterized by significant ambiguity, expectations for collaboration, and divisive organizational politics. AUTHOR: Tina Nabatchi, Maxwell School, Syracuse University. First Place Award, Best Teaching Simulation Competition, 2012
     

    Elusive Community in South Park

    This case focuses on concepts that public officials and non-governmental professionals must understand in order to represent their organization and offer services effectively. “Inclusion” skills enable public managers to cultivate public participation in fractious communities, where traditional methods of citizen involvement such as public notices and hearings may be ineffective. AUTHOR: Denise Rodriguez, University of Washington. Honorable mention, Best Teaching Case Competition, 2008

     

    Epidemic- A Community Health Collaborative Simulation

    Vexing community problems require the input of a variety of partners, and each partner brings a unique perspective on problem definition and resolution. This diversity is both a strength and a weakness. Multiple perspectives provide a more complex understanding of the problem, but also introduce conflict to the collaboration. To illustrate this paradox, this simulation provides an opportunity to examine different ways of thinking about shared community health problems. AUTHOR: Heather Getha-Taylor, School of Public Affairs and Administration, University of Kansas. Honorable Mention, Best Teaching Simulation Competition, 2018.

     

    Facilitating a Public Policy Issue: Practicing Textbook Tools and Confronting Challenges That Textbooks Don’t

    Supported by videos excerpted from televised broadcasts of public meetings of a diverse, eighteen-person citizen task force, students learn to facilitate by anticipating and critiquing the tactics of the task for chair who is attempting to secure a consensus.  The task force is advising the City Council about a proposal from the owner of the minor league soccer and baseball teams to purchase a Major League Soccer franchise if the City reconfigures the existing stadium for soccer and builds a new stadium for baseball.  AUTHORS: Steven M. Maser, Atkinson Graduate School of Management, Williamette University and Samuel J. Imperati of the Institute for Conflict Management, Inc., with thanks to Jessica Ordonez of Apicality Communication, LLC.  Honorable Mention, Best Teaching Case Competition, 2015. 
     

    Health Careers Institute Collaboration

    In the face of a neighborhood's deterioration, business, governmental, philanthropic, educational, and nonprofit organizations form two cross-sector networks, only one of which succeeds. This case prompts readers to think critically about the factors that stimulate collaborative networks, the type of leadership that they need, and the challenge of sustaining networks. AUTHORS: Jay Kiedrowski and Allison Rojas, University of Minnesota. Honorable mention, Best Teaching Case Competition, 2007

     

    Kujichagulia: Actively Building a Public-Nonprofit Community Partnership

    How does a government organization engage a cultural community to reform service delivery for disadvantaged citizens? This case demonstrates how giving a cultural community an active role in addressing their problems requires a fundamental shift in the way government does business. It also provides a glimpse into the challenges of collaborative management in two organizations with dramatically different goals and methods of going about their work. AUTHORS: Catherine Eichers Penkert, Nicholas Dobbins, and Jodi Sandfort, University of Minnesota. First Place, Best Teaching Case Competition, 2008

     

    Mapping Network Structure in Complex Community Collaboratives

    Public and not-for-profit managers increasingly require tools for managing collaborative processes. This simulation develops students’ ability to visualize and map a network of relationships, which can aid in identifying missing actors, weak or redundant points in a network, and strengths of the network structure. AUTHORS: Mark Davis and Danielle Varda, University of Colorado. Honorable mention, Best Teaching Simulation Competition, 2011
     

    Oltre La Norma! Collaborating for the Reconstruction of Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari

    When the Petruzzelli Theatre in Bari, Italy, was destroyed by arson in 1991, people in the public and private sectors, representing profit and nonprofit organizations at the local and national level, took part in the public debate on about next steps and possible ways of funding the rebuilding of the theater. This case helps students explore the methods used for the construction of collaborative processes or governance and to discuss the skills of the manager in the public sector who will manage the network of people involved. AUTHORS: Ornella Larenza, Alex Turrini, and Greta Nasi, SDA Bocconi School of Management, Bocconi University. Honorable mention, Best Teaching Case Competition, 2013
     

    Pioneer Scouts of Rose Ravine- CASE

    The merger between two youth serving nonprofits uncovers a financial and managerial crisis. The case presents the challenge of overcoming culture and vested interests to enact transformative change. AUTHOR: Trent A. Engbers, University of Southern Indiana. Honorable mention, Best Teaching Case Competition, 2017
     

    Roles of Public Managers in Networked Governance

    This simulation provides students the opportunity to engage in a negotiation process to develop a land tenure system to resolve land disputes in a post-disaster context in a developing country. Students will take on roles shaped by different ways of knowing, values, and expertise in the negotiation and reflect on roles of public managers in resolving conflicting points of view and manifestations of knowledge and power regarding post-disaster redevelopment and land tenure.  AUTHORS: William Butler,  Catherine Lampi, and Francisco Rosado, Florida State University's Department of Urban and Regional Planning.  Honorable Mention, Best Teaching Simulation Competition, 2016. 
     

    To Collaborate… or Not?

    This simple seven person simulation is designed to help participants think through whether to collaborate or not, and if yes, with whom?  AUTHOR: Rosemary O’Leary, University of Kansas School of Public Affairs. Honorable Mention, Best Teaching Simulation Competition, 2015.
     

    Trust as an Asset: Building a Managed Service Organization within MACC

    Through the example of the Metropolitan Alliance of Community Centers (MACC), a coalition of human service organizations in the twin cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis, this case highlights the dynamics of inter-organizational relationships — the dual tracks of collaboration, those which emphasizes the human process of developing shared values and trust, the those which emphasizes the technical management skills needed when developing innovations that stretch across organizational boundaries. AUTHORS: Jodi Sandfort and Timothy Dykstal, University of Minnesota. First Place Winner, Best Teaching Case Competition, 2007

     

    When a Highway Divides a City: Improving Decision Making in Syracuse, New York

    This case centers on Syracuse, New York, which is polarized over a critical transportation infrastructure question. Interstate 81, running through the heart of downtown, is rapidly deteriorating, and deciding what to do about the aging Interstate is a vexing problem that challenges lawmakers, planning officials, and citizens to make many decisions affecting their community. AUTHOR: Jack Becker, Maxwell School, Syracuse University. Second Place Award, Best Teaching Case Competition, 2014