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Collaborative Governance Case Database



The Collaborative Governance Case Database

Collaborative governance generates enormous interest from scholars and practitioners. However, the study of collaborations is limited by the extensive work required for high quality case studies, making it harder to collect sufficient cases and conduct more robust analyses. The collaborative governance case database provides a free common pool resource for researchers to share high quality case studies, enabling them to share, collect, and analyse larger numbers of case studies.​​ The database currently already contains more than forty cases. All researchers can now join and use the database to get more from their case studies.


The Collaborative Governance Case Database provides a collective repository for collaborative governance case studies from around the world. The mission of the repository is to foster rich but systematic medium and large-N analysis of the conditions, processes, and outcomes of collaborative governance. Researchers who contribute a case to the database may use the entire dataset for their own research purposes. Moreover, contributed cases will be cited by other researchers in their analyses.

All types of collaborative governance cases from all policy domains are welcome. Cases may involve only government entities, only non-government entities, or a mix of the two and may represent successes, failures, or something in between. The scope conditions for cases in the database are:

  • Case: A set of actors collaborating on a shared issue over a specified time period within a given geographical space. The database allows contributors to chart the evolution of a collaboration overtime. However, if the set of actors, the focal issue, or the geographical scope change drastically, the data may also be entered as separate but related cases.
  • Collaboration: When two or more actors aim to constructively manage their differences in order to produce joint solutions to common challenges.
  • Governance: The arrangements and processes through which interdependent but operationally autonomous actors aim to formulate and achieve common goals through collective decision making.
  • Collaborative governance: A collective decision-making process based on more or less institutionalized interactions between two or more actors that aims to establish common ground for joint problem solving and value creation.