• CASES AND SIMULATIONS

  • Policy Area: Economic Development

  • 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

     

    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.


     

    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 

     

    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 
     

    Implementing the Earned Income Tax Credit at AccountAbility Minnesota

    This case highlights the leadership and management of a small nonprofit organization responding to predatory financial products targeted at the very customers served by the organization. A growing problem, a small organization, the risks involved and limited investment capital. AUTHOR: Jodi Sandfort, Humphrey School, University of Minnesota. Snow Foundation Award for Best Case or Simulation in Collaborative Nonprofit Management, 2011

     

    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

     

    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. 
     

    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

     

    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

     

    Ukraine in Conflict

    Ukraine in Conflict is a negotiation simulation based on the events following the Ukrainian revolution of December 2013.  This simulation can be used to teach negotiation, mediation, conflict resolution, and international conflict. Based on events occurring in Ukraine in 2014, the simulation allows for a realistic situation with very possible roles and outcomes.  AUTHORS: Zachary Barr, and Steven Smutko, University of Wyoming. Honorable Mention, Best Teaching Simulation Competition, 2015.
     

    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