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Governing Cross-Sector Collaboration by Eric Boyer, James Edwin Kee, John J. Forrer

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Chapter SevenAnalyzing Cross-Sector Collaboration Options

Deciding to collaborate with private and nonprofit organizations presents promising opportunities for government officials to enable them to provide better public services to their citizens. Contracts, networks, partnerships, and independent public-services providers (IPSPs) can provide a means for (1) leveraging public budgets and attracting funding from private sources or foundations; (2) tapping into valuable experiences and expertise on public policy issues from outside the government; (3) identifying modes of public service delivery that are more effective; (4) accessing better local knowledge about the needs and preferences of communities; and (5) using innovative, adaptive, and ...

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