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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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“The Lodestar Foundation, founded in 1999 and based in Phoenix, has set for itself what many may consider a quixotic journey: to foster, encourage, and celebrate collaborative partnerships among nonprofit and public-sector enterprises that advance social good,” writes Feather O’Connor Houstoun in this piece for…

✴︎ Available only with purchase from publisher In this contribution to SSIR, Saphira M. Baker — former Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for Human Services for the City of Richmond, Virginia — asks the question, “What is it that makes collaborative community change efforts involving nonprofits…

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…

In this research brief for McKinsey, Benjamin Cheatham and Walter Oblin look at the opportunities and risks of public-private partnerships for transportation. “Opportunities for the private sector to invest in public-transportation infrastructure through public-private partnerships are likely to be worth more than $300 billion from…

“Measuring the effectiveness of partnerships between different sectors proves particularly challenging. Different interested and affected groups will measure the success of the initiative according to different sets of criteria. Partnership elicits qualitative values such as trust, responsiveness and flexibility that are more likely to be…

Apolitical is a global platform for policymakers and their partners. It lets them read about what’s working and connect with their peers and colleagues around the world. It specializes in the actual processes and systems of government, with a newsfeed on government innovation. “Just as…