The Urban Partnership Agreement: A Comparative Study of Technology and Collaboration in Transportation Policy Implementation- FY09 Tech Plan

Principal Investigator:

John Bryson, McKnight Presidential Professor, Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Co-Investigators:

  • Barbara Crosby, Associate Professor , Humphrey School of Public Affairs
  • Melissa Stone, Associate Professor , Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Project Summary:

The problems faced by today's public managers are often too large to be solved by a single entity and require collaboration across government, nonprofit, and business sectors. As new technologies and systematic approaches transform the transportation field, cross-sector collaboration has become an increasingly important policy development and implementation approach. Particularly within the transportation field, an assemblage of technologies is often critical to implementing system-wide strategies aimed at, for example, mitigating traffic congestion. In many cases, designers and implementers of effective transportation policies must combine a variety of technologies with deft relationship building and management. Through the development of comparative case studies of three of the Urban Partnership Agreement initiatives, this research study examines how technology and collaborative processes may be combined to achieve important transportation goals and create public value more generally.

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