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Whether you’re working on a local collective impact initiative or a national public-private partnership; whether you’re a practitioner or a researcher; whether you’re looking for basics or a detailed look at a particular topic, our Resource Library can help you find the information and tools you need for your cross-sector thinking and practice. The Library — which includes resources from research organizations, advisory groups, training organizations, academic centers and journals, and other sources — spans issue areas, sectors, and partnership types.

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To help users find relevant, quality resources from our Resource Library, we create curated lists on a variety of topics, bringing important practitioner- and academic-oriented work to the forefront.

✴︎ Available only with purchase from publisher This book “demystifies this innovative solution to the challenges of designing, financing, building, and operating major infrastructure projects. In today’s world, partnerships between public agencies-federal, state, and local-and private companies are an increasingly popular policy tool. At a…

✴︎ Available only with purchase from publisher “Public-private partnerships (or PPPs) encompass a broad spectrum of public sector infrastructure and service initiatives. Recently, some scholars have undertaken literature review studies of the various definitions of the concept of PPPs and its research traditions, identifying several…

“Public-private partnerships are often touted as a ‘best-of-both-worlds’ alternative to public provision and privatization. But in practice, they have been dogged by contract design problems, waste, and unrealistic expectations. Governments sometimes opt for a public-private partnership, for example, because they mistakenly believe that it offers…

“The toolkit provides expert guidance, dependable counsel, and a compilation of best practices to assist state legislatures as they consider whether and how to pursue PPPs in their states. Solid, balanced, and comprehensive state enabling legislation is the key to thorough consideration and success of…

In this Governing article, John Donahue warns against asking how much involvement the private sector should have in solving public problems. “The right question concerns not ‘how much’ but rather ‘how’ the private sector should be involved. There is a vast, variegated, and under-examined menu…

“As pressures on faith-based and community organizations increase and the issues we face become more complex, the idea of partnerships can hold much promise. … To make real the promise of partnerships, however, we must be prepared to build, sustain, and evaluate them in a…

✴︎ Available only with purchase from publisher “Facilitators that use a collaborative governance approach are regularly pushed, mandated, or naturally desire to achieve broad inclusion of stakeholders in collaborations. How to achieve such inclusion is an important but often overlooked aspect of implementation. To fully realize…

✴︎ Available only with purchase from publisher “This article presents a theoretical framework for understanding integrative leadership and the creation and maintenance of cross-sector collaborations that create public value. We define integrative leadership as bringing diverse groups and organizations together in semi-permanent ways — and typically…

This report from the Boston Consulting Group describes the top priorities of the public and private sectors in solving global infrastructure challenges.“The next 20 years present a global challenge: to put in place the infrastructure improvements required to support sustainable long-term economic growth. Governments, which…