Local Government Innovation & Redesign

To support local government redesign efforts and recognize the innovative work already underway, the Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center has partnered with state associations to create the Local Government Innovation & Redesign Guide and host a yearly Local Government Innovations Awards ceremony.

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The Urban Partnership Agreement

Melissa M. Stone, Professor, and Emily Saunoi-Sandgren, Research Associate, presented a paper, "TECHNOLOGY AND COLLABORATION FOR EFFECTIVE TRANSPORTATION POLICY: THE CASE OF THE URBAN PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT," at the annual Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management annual conference in Boston, MA., November 4-6, 2010. The paper is co-authored with Barbara Crosby, Associate Professor, John Bryson, Professor, and MURP student, Anders Imbolden.

The paper, part of a larger research project on the Urban Partnership Agreement (UPA) analyzes the multiple roles that transportation technologies played in Minnesota's UPA partnership. In general, findings demonstrated how technology, viewed as a dynamic ensemble or web of people, equipment, techniques, and practices significantly influenced the partnership's processes and outcomes. Technology was a motivator for potential participants because of it promised to experiment with innovative transportation technologies.

Technology was also an important facilitator of collaborative work as communication technologies facilitated rapid communication among stakeholders under significant time constraints. Technology was even an actor in its own right: in the sense that it made a difference; for example, it helped transform politically contentious perceptions of "tolling" into a new systems view in which "dynamic pricing," coupled with new transit, signage, and roadway technologies facilitated smooth traffic flow in transportation corridors. The research is a multi-year study of Urban Partnership Agreement and is funded by the Intelligent Transportation Systems Institute at the University.

Technology and Collaboration for Effective Transportation Policy: The Case of the Urban Partnership Agreement (.pdf paper)

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