• CASES AND SIMULATIONS

  • Setting: State

  • Adoption of Technology Open Standards Policy by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

    This case details the political and administrative process of adopting and implementing an IT Open Standards Policy in Massachusetts during Gov. Mitt Romney's administration. It prompts students to explore concepts that form the foundation of open government in the digital age, such as open standards, total cost of ownership, and key (and often misunderstood) distinctions between free/libre and open source, commercial and proprietary software, and the challenges of vendor lock-in. AUTHORS: Charles Schweik and Lucia N. Miller, Center for Public Policy and Administration, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Honorable mention, Best Teaching Case Competition, 2013
     

    Collaboration Amid Crisis: The Department of Defense During Hurricane Katrina

    Using the context of Hurricane Katrina, this case examines the relationship between FEMA, the chief coordinator of federal response efforts, and the most powerful, single actor that FEMA can call upon, the Department of Defense. AUTHOR: Donald P. Moynihan, University of Madison, Wisconsin. Honorable mention, Best Teaching Case Competition, 2008

     

    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

     

    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 

     

    Gray Wolf: Fairness and Justice in Collaborative Governance

    This simulated negotiation, based on the establishment of a wolf-hunting season in Minnesota in 2012, is meant to portray a realistic collaborative effort to manage wolf populations as management of the species shifts to state control following its removal from the federal Endangered Species List. The stakeholders represent diametrically opposing views; however, there is room in the issues and options agreed upon to find a distributively fair and procedurally just solution for all members. AUTHORS: Lauren Elizabeth Colwell and Steve Smutko, Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources, University of Wyoming. First place, Best Teaching Simulation Competition, 2013
     

    HIV Prevention, Treatment, and Education Utilizing the Tools of Collaborative Governance or Why is a 545-Mile Bicycle Ride A Case Study of Collaborative Governance?

    This case study examines how AIDS/LifeCycle, a 7-day, 545-mile bicycle ride down the California coastline, is an exceptional example of effective nonprofit management and fundraising, successful collaborative governance, social networking, service co-production via both fundraising and volunteer service delivery, and social capital building.  AUTHOR: Mark W. Davis, Department of Public Policy and Administration, West Chester University of Pennsylvania.  Honorable Mention, Best Teaching Case Competition, 2016.
     

    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

     

    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
     

    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

     

    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
     

    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

     

    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.  
     

    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