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Collaborative Governance: A Guide for Grantmakers

This 46-page guide from the Hewlett Foundation (2005) focuses on collaborative governance, an emerging set of concepts and practices that offer prescriptions for inclusive, deliberative, and often consensus-oriented approaches to planning, problem solving, and policymaking. Collaborative governance typically describes those processes in which government actors are participants and/or objects of the processes.

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Solving the most vexing problems that philanthropists address—from improving environmental quality to providing a quality education and strengthening disadvantaged neighborhoods—requires the collaboration and resources of many different players, including government, the private sector, community leaders, and other individuals.

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has supported the theory and practice of collaborative problem solving and consensus building across sectors. This work takes a variety of forms, including deliberation and dialogue, collaborations between govern- ment and organizations, and public dispute resolution processes. Particularly important are efforts to strengthen civic and political engagement among those whose voices have often been absent from public decisionmaking.

This is the third of three guides commissioned by the Hewlett Foundation to share lessons learned from its twenty years of funding conflict resolution and public participation. The first two publications focus on conflict resolution and collaborative process in the fields of environmental protection and community development. This third guide highlights the emerging area of collaborative governance, which applies across a range of social and political problems.

By Doug Henton and John Melville, Collaborative Economics with Terry Amsler and Malka Kopell, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

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