• CASES AND SIMULATIONS

  • Sector: Cross-Sector

  • 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

     

    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
     

    Collaboration for Civic Change: Connecting High-Tech Growth and Community Well-Being

    This case involves nonprofit, business, government, and education leaders in efforts to link social and economic development, connecting high-tech growth and community well-being. It addresses collaboration across sectors responding to new economic conditions within a geographic region. AUTHORS: Susan Appe and Judith R. Saidel, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, State University of New York, Albany. Honorable mention, Best Teaching Case Competition, 2009

     

    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

     

    Combat and Collaboration in Seattle’s Historic Minimum Wage Debate

    This case provides a gripping and vivid example of an innovative policy making process in a major city. Students are thrust into the action as the Mayor of Seattle, forced to find common ground between the age-old foes of labor and business after creating a committee of stakeholders to design a new minimum wage law. AUTHORS: Erik H. Houser, Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Washington; Advisors: Dr. Craig Thomas, Professor, and Dr. Stephen Page, Associate Professor, Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Washington. First Place Award, Best Teaching Case Competition, 2018.


     

    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. 

     

    Corruption in Atlantikk Simulation

    Corruption in the Republic of Atlantikk is a simulation designed to illuminate the challenges and complexities of public administration, corruption and sustainable development in an international setting characterized by significant ambiguity, expectations for collaboration, and divisive organizational politics. AUTHORS: Tina Nabatchi and Rigo Melgar-Melgar, Syracuse University Maxwell School. Honorable mention, Best Teaching Simulation 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
     

    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.

     

    Exercise in Environmental Collaborative Planning

    This simulation provides students with the experience of working in a contentious, collaborative environment to create a site development plan for property in a river flood plain. AUTHOR: Mike George, University of Nebraska. Honorable mention, Best Teaching Simulation Competition, 2011 
     

    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. 
     

    Fracked: Uncertainties in Negotiated Rule Making

    A rural community faces the potential positives and negatives of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas extractions and becomes involved with a state-level negotiated rulemaking process.  New information regarding possible negative health impacts that emerges mid-negotiation alters the negotiation dynamics. AUTHORS: Rob Alexander, Natalie Abel, and Matthew Williams, James Madison University. First Place Award, Best Teaching Simulation 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

     

    Indiana Household Hazardous Waste Task Force

    The case is a historical chronology built around three primary projects completed by the Household Hazardous Waste Task Force in the State of Indiana. Based on real events the case is designed to present an example where multiple agencies, in the public sector, not-for-profit sector, and private sector work in a collaborative fashion to solve a problem that none of them would likely have been able to solve as a single agency. While many teaching cases focus on “the problem at hand,” this case study focuses on a series of three program successes. AUTHORS: Mark Davis and Danielle Varda, University of Colorado. Honorable mention, Best Teaching Case Competition, 2011
     

    Learning about Individual Collaborative Strengths: A LEGO Scrum Simulation

    Growing research on individual collaborative strengths emphasizes the need to reconsider traditional approaches to development. This simulation is an experiential learning opportunity that designed to help students understand their strengths and the ways in which individual collaboration styles impact group processes and outcomes. AUTHORS: Heather Getha-Taylor and Alexey Krivitsky, School of Public Affairs and Administration, University of Kansas. First place, Best Teaching Simulation Competition, 2013
     

    Managing a Public-Private Joint Venture: The PTB Case

    What happens when a regional savings bank and local government partner to stimulate and foster economic activities and initiatives? This case focuses on the interaction between private and public sides of the partnership and on the difficulties which can arise when collaborating across sectors. AUTHORS: Angel Saz-Carranza and Albert Serra, Institute of Public Governance and Manage, ESADE-Ramon Llull University, Barcelona, Spain. Honorable mention, Best Teaching Case Competition, 2009

     

    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
     

    Negotiating Science and Policy in Collaborative Hydropower Licensing

    This simulation uses a collaborative process for licensing hydropower facilities to introduce students to the role of technical and scientific information in multiparty environmental negotiations. AUTHORS: Nicola Ulibarri, Department of Planning, Policy and Design, University of California, Irvine and Kirk Emerson, School of Government and Public Policy, University of Arizona. First Place Award, Best Teaching Simulation Competition, 2016. 
     

    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
     

    Pablo-Burford Sustainable Water Quality Network

    This simulation focuses on two countries that face a water crisis and must work together to protect their shared underground aquifers. The existing international agreements do not provide the means to resolve the numerous disputes. Therefore community groups organize a meeting of network members called ''the Summit," the purpose of which is to reach agreement amongst primary stakeholders on the major issues surrounding groundwater quality and availability.  AUTHORS: Adapted by Rosemary O'Leary and Rob Alexander (2011) with permission from the Sustainability Challenge Foundation.
     

    Place to Call Home: Addressing Dublin’s Homelessness

    As services for the homeless evolved in Dublin, Ireland, from 1990 to 2010, complex policy and organizational issues arose. Provision of services by a number of voluntary, nonprofit organizations, as well as state agencies, resulted in an uncoordinated and uneven response. This case challenges students to assess what options are open to policy makers, government agencies and service organizations as they strive to meet the objective of ending homelessness. AUTHORS: Mary-Lee Rhodes and Gemma Donnelly Cox, Trinity College Dublin, and Ann Torres, National University of Ireland, Galway. First Place Award, Best Teaching Case Competition, 2013
     

    Restoration of the Wic Wac Valley

    This collaborative problem solving simulation addresses perceived environmental and economic issues related to decommissioning a dam and land use conflicts. Students are able to practice both interest-based negotiation, facilitation, and conflict resolution in a complex policy setting. AUTHOR: Jeff Loux, University of California, Davis. Honorable mention, Best Teaching Simulation Competition, 2007

     

    Revising the Worker Protection Standards Negotiated Rulemaking Exercise

    Based on actual negotiated rule-making by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for Worker Protection Standards, this simulation involves a process in which four groups representing diverse interests work toward agreement on proposed rules. AUTHOR: Alma Lowry, Syracuse University. Honorable mention, Best Teaching Simulation Competition, 2008

     

    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. 
     

    Silver World: Science in International Policy Making

    Silver World is a simulated experience that evokes and replicates important aspects of international policy-making. It is designed to help participants understand the important balance between scientific, social, and economic views in the context of environmental decision-making. The simulation is modeled after the ongoing United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) Intergovernmental Negotiations on Mercury.  AUTHOR: Svetoslava Todorova, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Syracuse University.  Honorable Mention, Best Teaching Simulation Competition, 2016.
     

    Simple Network Collaborative Process

    Government increasingly relies on networks of providers to deliver goods and services, involving multiple, autonomous organizations working together toward a goal. This simulation, meant for management courses that cover interorganizational collaboration, allows students to experience and discuss the rewards and challenges of a collaborative network process. AUTHOR: Julia Carboni, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University. Honorable mention, Best Teaching Simulation Competition, 2013
     

    Strategic Network Management in a Community Collaborative

    Network Theory and Social Network Analysis (SNA) are applied in this simulation to examine the organizational networks in public health partnerships. The exercise includes a brief overview of SNA, allowing students to become familiar with the concept and language. AUTHOR: Danielle M. Varda, University of Colorado- Denver. First Place Award, Best Teaching Simulation Competition, 2008
     

    The Edwards Aquifer

    The Edwards Aquifer case provides a historical overview of one of the most contentious water disputes in the United States.  The case provides an in-depth analysis of how this entrenched, 70 year old water dispute was ultimately resolved through a consensus-based, multi-stakeholder, collaborative process. AUTHORS: Adam Zerrenner, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Austin Office; and Robert Gulley, Texas Comptroller's Office and Adjunct Professor at Texas State University.  Honorable Mention, Best Teaching Case Competition, 2016.  

     

    The End of Diversity Policy? Wake County Public Schools and Student Assignment

    The diversity policy, adopted by Wake County Public Schools in 2000, was instated to achieve socioeconomic diversity in the district's schools. The policy required schools to have no more than 40 percent of students on free or reduced lunch status and no more than 25 percent of students achieving below grade level.  In the spring of 2010, the Wake County Board of Education voted to end the diversity policy, claiming the policy was the cause of disruptive long-distance busing and school instability for students.  AUTHORS: Jenni Owen and Megan Kauffmann, Sanford School of Public Policy and Center for Child and Family Policy at Duke University. First Place Winner, Best Teaching Case Competition, 2015.  
     

    The Great Pacific Garbage Patch Simulation

    The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a role play designed to illuminate the challenges of collaboration for addressing wicked problems. The role play requires actors from six organizations to come together to discuss the possibilities for creating a collaborative governance regime to address the problem of the Garbage Patch.  AUTHORS: Khaldoun AbouAssi, American University and Tina Nabatchi, Syracuse University Maxwell School. Winner First Place, Best Teaching Simulation Competition 2017  
     

    The Whittier Sewer Project Case

    A county government, regional water authority, sovereign Indian tribe, and church come together to develop a sewer facility. While the initial success solved an immediate problem, longer-term implementation faces significant obstacles, demonstrating how challenging collaboration is beyond initial agreement. AUTHORS: Ricardo A. Morse and John B. Stephens, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Honorable mention, Best Teaching Case Competition, 2017
     

    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.
     

    Tobacco Settlement Distribution Simulation

    After a state receives a $2.5 billion tobacco settlement, public officials must negotiate over how the funds will be allocated. This simulation asks students to operate in a network of public organizations, concerned taxpayers, policy advocates, and elected officials as they balance advocacy and inquiry and work toward both common and diverse goals. AUTHORS: Linda Blessing and Bette F. DeGraw, Arizona State University. Honorable mention, Best Teaching Simulation 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