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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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This detailed blog post from the Center for American Progress describes the differences between traditional procurement, public-private partnerships, and private finance. “Public-private partnerships are a useful alternative form of procurement, allowing project sponsors to balance multiple goals against various delivery methods. They are not, however,…

“On September 30, 2014, the Roundtable on Obesity Solutions held a one-day workshop titled ‘Cross-Sector Responses to Obesity: Models for Change.’ The workshop was designed to explore models of cross-sector work that may reduce the prevalence and consequences of obesity, discuss lessons learned from case…

This article from McKinsey & Company describes the infrastructure funding gap that affects institutional investors and government agencies, greenfield’s attractiveness to institutional investors, and government initiatives to encourage investment in infrastructure. “Traditional infrastructure-market players, such as governments and utilities, are under financial pressure, and their…

This SSIR piece draws from the author’s book, which “introduces a methodology for establishing ‘blueprint’ that maps out a problem and a common language for defining unmet needs of the individuals and organizations involved” in a cross-sector collaboration. “While cross-sector collaboration is central to solving…

In this Government Executive article, authors John D. Donahue and Richard J. Zeckhauser call attention to the potential for collaborative governance to move the United States past the debate over how big or small government should be, and to unleash “the unpredictable resourcefulness of an…

“Public-private partnerships aren’t new in higher education. But, in 2012, some especially compelling financial reasons accelerated development of public-private partnerships between public universities and private entities in their communities. Public institutions have never been under more pressure to find alternative sources of revenue to help…

“Addressing community problems increasingly requires cooperation among the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors.” In this article from McKinsey Quarterly, “three executives explain how a civic alliance in America’s Minneapolis-Saint Paul region [called the Itasca Project] may point toward an operating model.”

This article — part of Deloitte’s “Business Trends 2013” report — discusses how the “growing complexity of social and economic challenges is driving new, innovative forms of collaboration between governments and businesses. … Both sides seem to realize that business problems are now government problems…