What is E-PARCC?

E-PARCC is all about collaboration: Collaborative public management, networks and public management, collaborative governance, and collaborative problem solving.

E-PARCC is an open,* online resource for those who teach the skills and concepts of collaborative governance around the world. It was founded in 2007 by Rosemary O'Leary and Catherine Gerard, then Co-Directors of PARCC.

The world of governance has changed. Public servants at all levels (elected, appointed, and career) find themselves working in networks to solve problems that cannot be solved, or solved easily, by single organizations. These collaborative managers are no longer just unitary leaders of unitary organizations. Instead, they find themselves facilitating and negotiating with public, private, and nonprofit organizations and individuals, as well as with the public. 

In our course work and training sessions with government executives around the world, as well as in discussions with university professors, the need for quality teaching and training materials concerning collaborative ways to creatively solve our most pressing public policy problems has become increasingly apparent.

E-PARCC is our response to this need. On this website you will find materials ranging from case studies of real-world occurrences of public collaborative problem solving in different cultures, to constructed simulations that actively engage students in collaborative problem solving processes. You will also find syllabi from some of the best teachers in the field. We hope you find the site useful and informative. We appreciate any feedback you may have.

All teaching materials, selected through an annual competition, are double-blind peer reviewed by a committee of academics and practitioners.

E-PARCC is a project of the Collaborative Governance Initiative led by the Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University.

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 *OPEN means that the materials are posted on-line under Creative Commons license.