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Creating a Community Partnership

Keith Provan & Brint Milward (University of Arizona)

November 2010



A major federal government agency has determined that the country has a number of social problems that need to be addressed. The leaders of this agency believe that the only way major public problems can be resolved is to create multi-organizational partnerships, or networks of collaborating organizations. Students are asked to craft a proposal to the agency that includes reflecting on the goal of the collaboration, how the partnership will be structured, how the network will be led and managed, what governance issues are likely to arise, and how will success be measured.