How do you organize a cross-agency collaborative effort to get results no single agency could accomplish on its own? The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has developed an inventory of “mechanisms that the federal government uses to lead and implement interagency collaboration,” along with a self-assessment checklist to consider when using them.
Most government activities are managed through programs in agencies. The pace of technology and business changes are causing leading organizations - that have always collaborated - to move to a new model of managing activities from a cross-program view, leveraging resources to more effectively serve a citizen or business.
How do leaders of very diverse agencies direct ambitious change? How do they achieve significant
goals? What strategies do they use to overcome opposition and win allies? How do specific
organizational and political contexts affect strategies and outcomes?
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Government over fourteen years ago, it has been our goal to
help public sector leaders and managers address real-world
problems by sponsoring independent, third-party research
from top minds in academe and the nonprofit sector.
Given the number of sustainability projects and initiatives underway within most federal agencies, the key question becomes: How should managers in the federal government implement and measure the benefits of sustainable practices? In attempting to tackle this question and assist government executive charged with wrestling with it, we present a new Center report, Best Practices for Leading Sustainability Efforts, by Jonathan M. Estes.
Survey respondents clearly recognize that the job of senior executives today involves collaboration within their agency, their department, and the federal government, as well as with key external partners and stakeholders.
In a dynamic global landscape, the U.S. Department of State has also sought to advance diplomacy by pursuing effective knowledge-sharing as well as expanding the use of collaborative technology. What is eDiplomacy? How is eDiplomacy moving State from a culture of need to know toward a culture of a need to share?