The Innovator's Collaborative Series
Tuesday, June 28 2011. Kent State University's (KSU) Center for Public Administration and Public Policy (KSU Center) is releasing information on 142 collaborative actions that are currently being implemented in Northeast Ohio.
The latest release can be accessed below, and from the left hand navigation menu.
This listing of collaborative actions has emerged from research conducted by the KSU Center over the past several years, and we are also transmitting this list to the State of Ohio's Auditor's Office for inclusion in their Shared Services Idea Center.
On May 31, 2011, the Center released 105 Ideas Sorted by County. The Center has also released a brief summary of key information on local government collaboration that has emerged from the KSU Center's research, along with several short stories about initiatives that are being implemented. This information can be accessed through the links below, and the left navigation menu.
Ideas by Service Area Actions by Service Area
Some key findings and information emerging from the Center's work include:
- In northeast Ohio, there a number of early adaptors and innovators in the field of intergovernmental collaboration - a movement which began before the announcement of the impending cuts in state funding for local governments.
- Many of the local government collaboration efforts being investigated are moving beyond the stage of talk to action and implementation – 58% of the documented efforts are active in some fashion.
- Participants in surveys and focus groups are voicing a need for information, assistance, and tools to assist them in transforming local governance through collaboration.
- Among the service areas categorized by the Center, Public Safety, Economic Development and Transportation, and Public Works are most prevalent within the lists of ideas and actions being released.
- Other categories of service such as Health and Environment, Planning, and Education are also popular among collaborative innovators.
Why Intergovernmental Collaboration?
Proposals to reduce local government funding have caught the attention of local governments in Ohio. At a time when local government revenue has been declining due to the impacts of the recent recession, the state appears to be sending a message to local governments: "find new, more efficient and more effective ways to operate."
Recent efforts by innovative leaders in Ohio suggest that intergovernmental collaboration can improve efficiency through cost savings, by sharing costs on supplies and equipment through group purchasing, and it can improve services by sharing resources of staff or specialty equipment. Working together in innovative ways to re-define the structures, roles, and sometimes jurisdictional boundaries are ways local governments can persevere through the budget cuts ahead. In fact, in northeast Ohio, innovative leaders have been forging the trail for others.
KSU's Center for Public Administration and Public Policy (the KSU Center) has worked collaboratively with the Ohio State Auditor's office and with the Fund for our Economic Future to build knowledge on local government collaboration and to assist communities in becoming more efficient and effective. This announcement provides some initial information growing from these efforts.