From Start to Finish: Cross-Sector Collaboration and the Urban Partnership Agreement - FY10 TechPlan

Principal Investigator(s):

John Bryson, Former Professor, Humphrey School of Public Affairs


  • Barbara Crosby, Former Associate Professor , Humphrey School of Public Affairs
  • Melissa Stone, Former 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, but instead 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 the Urban Partnership Agreement (UPA) initiatives, this research completes the examination from start to finish of the Minnesota UPA and provides additional comparative information from other UPA sites to both enhance the certainty of conclusions and to develop sound lessons for practitioners.


Project details:

  • Project number: 2010059
  • Start date: 10/2009
  • Project status: Completed
  • Research area: Environment and Energy
  • Topics: Planning, Urban Transportation