Implementing with Partners
This topic examines how policy leaders begin to structure and manage a delivery network where the key levers for change lie beyond government itself. What are the opportunities and the challenges of working in a network mode within and across sectors? How are relationships and trust built? How important is shared discretion, and even shared governance, in building commitment? This topic explores how creating and utilizing community, business, professional, and institutional networks can be used to improve policy outcomes.
Topic Learning Outcome: Upon mastering this topic, students will be able to clearly articulate the possible advantages as well as the risks associated with a government's decision to deliver policy through a delivery network. Students will be able to recognize agents and institutions outside of government who may be able to assist in policy delivery and the creation of public value.
Core Concepts associated with this Topic: Innovation Networks; Policy Network; Self-regulation; Network Governance; Networks.
University of Toronto: PPG 1007 Putting Policy Into Action: Strategic Implementation of Public Objectives
Michael Barber. Instruction to Deliver: Fighting to Transform Britain’s Public Services. (Cromwell Press, 2007) 43-48, 75-87 and 401-406.
Bradford, Neil. Canadian Social Policy in the 2000s: Bringing Place In. CPRN Research Report, November 2008.
‘Delivery Chain’, Cabinet Office Delivery Toolkit, OPS internal document, May 2011.
Donald Kettl, "Managing Indirect Government," in Lester Salamon, ed. The Tools of Government, Ibid. Chapter 16, 490-508.
Stephen Goldsmith and William D. Eggers. Governing by Network. (Washington, Brookings Institution Press, 2004). Chap. 3, ‘Challenges of the Network Model’, 39-52.
Sample Assessment Questions:
1.) What is a policy network? Why are policy networks increasingly important in the delivery of public services?
2.) What are some of the challenges associated with policy delivery through networks that include agents and institutions outside of government?
3.) Case Study: Provide one example of a government successfully delivering policy through a delivery network that included actors outside of government.
Page created by Ian Clark on 21 February 2013; updated by Sean Goertzen on 25 April 2015.