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A Framework for Success: Maximizing Collaborations between Federal Organizations
by Caroline R. Earle, Deena S. Disraelly and Robert A. Zirkle
In an era of declining budgets and growing demands, the Obama White House and the Executive Department Secretaries have committed themselves to increasing the openness and transparency of government as a means to best employ available resources. The Administration identified collaboration among government entities as one of three key pillars to achieving this goal. The government contains multiple stakeholder organizations, each with its own mission, customers, and challenges. But these missions, customers, and challenges are not exclusive to any one organization; rather, they are shared across performers with specialized knowledge, skills, and tools that could be leveraged to support similar work across the same and different mission spaces. Through sharing information, experiences, responsibilities, and costs among organizations pursuing similar goals through collaboration, government has the opportunity to maximize openness and resource use.
This article presents a notional framework for implementation of the various phases of the collaboration activity, from evaluating opportunities to collaborate, through termination of a collaborative enterprise.
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Caroline R. Earle, holds a bachelor’s degree from Colby College and a master’s in international policy studies from the Monterey (now Middlebury) Institute of International Studies. She is a research staff member in the Strategy, Forces, and Resources Division at the Institute for Defense Analyses, where she has led research on organizations and processes for joint, interagency, multinational, and multilateral approaches to complex contingencies.Deena S. Disraelly, Ph.D., holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as a master’s of engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She holds a doctorate in engineering management with a focus in crisis, disaster, and risk management from The George Washington University, where she is an adjunct faculty member. She is a research staff member in the Strategy, Forces, and Resources Division at the Institute for Defense Analyses. Robert A. Zirkle, Ph.D., holds both a B.S. and a B.A. from the University of Illinois and a doctorate in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Zirkle’s areas of expertise include combat modeling, weapons of mass destruction effects and modeling, model verification and validation, and culture and language training within professional military education. He is a research staff member in the Strategy, Forces, and Resources Division at the Institute for Defense Analyses.