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NASCIO Asks: What Makes Collaboratives Work?

LEXINGTON, Ky., Friday, October 19 — State leaders understand that collaboration is a key ingredient in facing unprecedented service demands and the reality of fiscal constraints. State CIOs are seeking collaboration opportunities and benefit from successful patterns and lessons learned from the public sector pioneers. NASCIO’s latest report provides a summary of the common patterns of success for planning and sustaining successful cross-jurisdictional collaboratives. This report supports a new NASCIO website that presents a plethora of state and local government cross-jurisdictional collaboratives and is available at www.nascio.org/publications.

The report states that cross jurisdictional collaborative initiatives will become a standard practice in the future.  The importance of such collaborative arrangements is recognized by NASCIO and the Public Technology Institute (PTI).  In 2012, NASCIO and PTI “joined up” to launch an initiative to identify successful collaborative arrangements in order to not only promote collaboration but to also uncover the ingredients for successful planning, implementation, and sustainment of collaborative arrangements.

“We believe collaboration can contribute toward economies of scale and basic cost savings,” said Dugan Petty, chief information officer for the state of Oregon and President of NASCIO.  “I formed this working group under our Enterprise Architecture & Governance Program to explore what makes a collaborative successful.  We collected scenarios from the across the country and then pulled out common critical success factors.

We wanted to apply enterprise architecture principles and the lessons learned from current successful collaboratives to facilitate future collaborative ventures based on successful patterns.”

NASCIO will also present All On Board: Multi-Jurisdictional Collaboration, a panel discussion on cross-jurisdictional collaboration at its upcoming annual conference in San Diego on Monday, October 22, 2012.  This panel will be facilitated by Dr. Alan Shark of the Public Technology Institute and include state and local government officials who have played a key role in some of the very successful collaborations highlighted on NASCIO’s new website.  The new website presents a variety of scenarios that provide examples of repeatable collaborative arrangements involving state and local government jurisdictions.  The new website is

www.nascio.org/advocacy/collaboration/.

About NASCIO

The National Association of State Chief Information Officers is the premier network and resource for state CIOs and a leading advocate for technology policy at all levels of government. NASCIO represents state chief information officers and information technology executives from the states, territories, and the District of Columbia. The primary state government members are senior officials who have executive level and statewide responsibility for information technology leadership.

State officials who are involved in agency level information technology management may participate as state members. Representatives from other public sector and non-profit organizations may also participate as associate members. Private sector firms may join as corporate members and participate in the Corporate Leadership Council.

For more information about NASCIO visit www.nascio.org. AMR Management Services provides NASCIO’s executive staff. For more information about AMR visit www.AMRms.com/.

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