• CASES AND SIMULATIONS

  • Setting: Local

  • 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

     

    Balancing Competition within a Homeless Services Provider Network: Brookfield County's Continuum of Care

    Nonprofit human service organizations operate in an environment that is simultaneously collaborative and competitive. This simulation prompts students to work through a common scenario that occurs among local homeless and housing service providers as they are forced to manage complex and ongoing competition-collaboration dynamics. AUTHOR: Kelly LeRoux, University of Illinois at Chicago. Honorable mention, Best Teaching Simulation Competition, 2012
     

    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
     

    Collaboration Gone Awry: A Struggle for Power and Control over Service Delivery in the Non-Profit Sector.

    In this simulation, entitled "Exploring Perspectives of Individual Collaborating Organizations," several nonprofit and government agencies come together to develop and implement a streamlined first response protocol for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. Students practice collaborative problem solving from the perspective of five organizations and their representatives. AUTHORS: Melissa Brazil and Eli Teram, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada. Honorable mention, Best Teaching Simulation Competition, 2010

     

    Collaboration Gone Awry: A Struggle for Power and Control over Service Delivery in the Nonprofit Sector

    In this case, entitled "The Action Committee Collaboration Initiative," several nonprofit and government agencies struggle as they come together to develop and implement a streamline first response for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. AUTHORS: Melissa Brazil and Eli Teram, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada. 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. 

     

    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

     

    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

     

    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

     

    Emergency Management and Homeland Security: Interagency Collaboration - Emergency!

    Public officials engage in a six-party negotiation to develop a plan to use federal funds for emergency preparedness, agree on an on-going relationship, and develop a press strategy. This role-play simulation works best for participants who have experience with interest-based negotiation. AUTHORS: David E. Booher and Adam Sutkus, Center for Collaborative Policy, California State University Sacramento. Honorable mention, Best Teaching Simulation Competition, 2008
     

    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. 

     

    Guardian Ad Litem of Madison County

    Examining the conflict surrounding a nonprofit organization that attempts to separate into two independent agencies, this case focuses on the negotiations and obstacles to a successful transition. AUTHORS: Trent A. Engbers, Indiana University, and Kristin Bishay, Monroe County Court Appointed Special Advocates Inc. Honorable mention, Best Teaching Case Competition, 2011

     

    Inclusive Management: Planning 'Green Grand Rapids'

    As public managers collaborate with the public on a major city-wide environmental initiative, this case engages students in the process of decision-making and distribution of resources for a system of parks and recreation facilities. AUTHORS: Kathryn S. Quick and Martha S. Feldman, University of California, Irvine. Honorable mention, Best Teaching Case Competition, 2007

     

    Leading IslandWood

    In the context of an outdoor education nonprofit startup organization, this case demonstrates how managers who arrive in new positions with the aim and intention of making significant change face challenges that require the practice of strategies to effectively navigate the political, operational, and authorizing environments in which they find themselves. The case communicates the quandary of managers who aim to bring an organization’s ambitious vision to reality and the techniques they must learning to systematic ally determine its direction and priorities. AUTHORS: David Cook and Lauren Guzauskas, Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington. Snow Foundation Award for Best Case or Simulation in Collaborative Nonprofit Management, 2012

     

    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
     

    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
     

    Politics of Structuring Interorganizational Collaboration and the Selection of 'Good Clients'

    In the context of a network of organizations that work with troubled youth, this case challenges students to think more critically about interorganizational collaboration. Specifically, it provides an opportunity to understand the politics of structuring interorganizational relations, and to sensitize students to the way seemingly rational interorganizational arrangements may mask processes that serve organizational interests by facilitating the selection of "good clients." AUTHOR: Eli Teram, Wilfrid Laurier University. Honorable mention, Best Teaching Case Competition, 2012

     

    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

     

    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 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 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.
     

    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