• Teaching Collaboration and Collaborative Problem Solving

    Today’s public managers often work in multi-organizational networks to solve problems that cannot be solved easily by single organizations. E-PARCC provides teaching tools that prepare future public administrators with skills that will help them collaborate successfully across organizations in public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Our award-winning simulations and cases actively engage students in creative, collaborative work to solve problems and foster change in the real world.

  •  2019 Annual Teaching Case and Simulation Competition

    The Winner of the Glendal E. and Alice D. Wright Prize Fund for Conflict and Collaboration Case Studies in International Development
    “VFAN – A Sustainable and Collaborative Initiative to Improve the Livelihoods of Underprivileged Communities in Conflict Countries: The Rwandan Experience.” Case by K.B.S. Kumar and Indu Perepu, IBS Center for Management Research (ICMR)

    First Place Winners in the E-PARCC Competition 
    “The Death of Marchella Pierce: Collaboration, Conflict and Accountability in Child Protective Services.” Case by Eric Hepler, Wisconsin Legislative Fiscal Bureau, and Donald Moynihan, McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University
    “The Toxic Node.” Simulation by Katherine R. Cooper, Assistant Professor, Communication Studies, DePaul University, H. Brinton Milward, University of Arizona, and Michelle Shumate, Northwestern University.
    “‘Collector Bro’”: Using Social Media to Tap the Power of Volunteerism.” Case by Debapratim Purkayastha, Dean, IBS Hyderabad and Vijay Kumar Tangirala.

    Honorable Mention
    “Hydrofracturing in New Frackillvania.” Simulation by Daniel Matisoff, Associate Professor, Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts, Georgia Institute of Technology.


    Public Engagement Toolbox(3)We invite you to check out the new Public Engagement Toolbox ( participation.syr.edu), a collection of links to reliable, research-based sources of information for public officials charged with holding meetings to involve the public in decisions. Created under the direction of Prof. Tina Nabatchi, this website offers step-by-step guidance on engaging with communities and constituents effectively.


    E-PARCC Facts
    Leadership. E-PARCC is a project of the Collaborative Governance Initiative led by the Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration.  It was founded in 2007 by Rosemary O'Leary and Catherine Gerard, then Co-Directors of PARCC.
    Resources. Cases and simulations are free for use under a Creative Commons license, and may be available in English, Spanish, and Chinese.
    Competition. Each year, E-PARCC invites applicants to submit new teaching cases and simulations.
    Sponsors. Support for E-PARCC has come from the John Ben Snow Foundation, Inc., Howard G. and S. Louise Phansteil, and Glendal E. and Alice D. Wright.

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  • E-PARCC Profiles

    Eli Teram

    Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University 

    Eli Teram

    Co-author with Melissa Brazil of the simulation “Collaboration Gone Awry: A Struggle for Power and Control Over Service Delivery in the Non-Profit Sector"