The Intersector Project

The Intersector Project is a non-profit organization that empowers practitioners in the business, government, and non-profit sectors to collaborate to solve problems that cannot be solved by one sector alone.

What is the Intersector?

Perhaps more than ever before, addressing the serious problems that our society faces today requires navigating across the government, business, and non-profit sectors. While each sector has its limitations, it also has unique assets; if the sectors work together toward a common purpose, they can accomplish far more than any one can alone. There is a need for an intersector — where government, business, and non-profit sectors share expertise, resources, and authority to address problems together.

Our Approach

U.S. Focus

The Intersector Project’s commentary, research, and thinking focuses particularly on the United States.

Issue- and Sector-Neutral

The Intersector Project's work is both sector- and issue-neutral — created for practitioners from all sectors, working on a range of issues, across the United States.

Broad Array of Collaborative Approaches

Because the models and methods for cross-sector collaboration are proliferating, The Intersector Project’s resources speak to the broad array of collaborative approaches that practitioners in the field are actively using to solve problems.

How We Work
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Creating Resources for Practitioners

The Intersector Project is committed to creating accessible, credible, and practically valuable resources and research that are publicly available in full through our website.

A Toolkit for Intersector Collaboration

The Intersector Project’s Toolkit draws from extensive research to highlight tactics that enable leaders in every sector to design and implement successful collaborative initiatives. The Toolkit is unique in the field in its comprehensiveness, simplicity, and inclusivity of practitioners from all sectors working in all issue areas. The Toolkit is a starting point guide, simply and clearly articulating the essential ingredients of collaboration — an ideal resource for partners to establish a shared understanding of their process and a common language for their work.

Case Studies

One of the leading libraries on cross-sector collaborations in the United States, our case studies were created specifically for a practitioner audience. They are brief and  focus on illuminating the key contributions and collaborative tactics of partners from successful intersector collaborations across the United States in a variety of issue areas — including community revitalization, health and wellbeing, infrastructure, education, and environmental conservation. Our case studies were developed through research and interviews with the leaders who drove these collaborative efforts.

Ongoing Research Projects

The Intersector Project researches topics relating to the diagnosis, design, implementation, and assessment of intersector collaboration. Current research projects include examining the role of philanthropy in advancing cross-sector collaboration, exploring how the press covers collaboration, and considering how the public thinks about cross-sector collaboration.

Resource Library

The Intersector Project continually seeks out the leading thinking on the topic of cross-sector collaboration from other organizations and individuals, including research organizations, advisory groups, training organizations, academic centers and journals, and more. Employing our connectedness to researcher and practitioner communities, The Intersector Project curates and updates a Resource Library — a leading hub of resources related to cross-sector collaboration in the United States. The Library comprises hundreds of quality resources relevant to users of many backgrounds: practitioners and researchers; those working on a local collective impact initiative or a national public-private partnership; those working in education, transportation infrastructure, public health, and more; those looking for assistance with collaboration essentials or a detailed look at a particular topic.

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Bridging the Research to Practice Divide

While progress has been made, there remains a need for advancement in both scholarship and practice of government, business, and non-profit collaboration in the United States. The Intersector Project has a unique commitment to connecting research to practice by maintaining active relationships with both groups and working to produce content that brings them together. We produce a Research Briefing that highlights the latest research relevant to cross-sector collaboration; an in-depth look at one article per month through our Research to Practice series; and our Researcher Insights series, in which we invite scholars to distill their research for our practitioner audience.

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Communicating Our Work to Practitioners in Every Sector

The Intersector Project engages with a wide variety of thinkers and practitioners on this topic — from designers of innovative public-private partnership mechanisms at NASA to local government managers pursuing improved service delivery for their constituencies.

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Leading and Facilitating Meaningful Convenings

The Intersector Project provides thought leadership on cross-sector collaboration and related topics through:

  • Convening, designing, leading, and participating in panels
  • Facilitating interactive learning group workshops and meaningful small-group discussion
  • Simulating case studies of cross-sector collaboration
  • Delivering keynote addresses and thoughtful lectures and presentations in academic and practitioner settings

You can see a full list of our recent event engagements on our Newsroom page.

Thought Leadership Through Publications

The Intersector Project frequently authors commentary articles and speaks to reporters on the topic of cross-sector collaboration. Our work has been published by the National League of Cities, the Alliance for Innovation, Route Fifty, Landscape Architecture Magazine, PA Times, City & State Reports, CEOs for Cities, Living Cities, and more. You can see a full list of our recent publications on our Newsroom page.

Engaging With Our Network Through Digital Platforms

The Intersector Project runs an active blog where we publish commentary about the field of cross-sector collaboration, insights from guest bloggers, and examples of successful partnerships. We also publish a regular newsletter and maintain an active social media presence, where we communicate our most recent insights to our audience of practitioners, researchers, and others interested in cross-sector collaboration.

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