Research by Associate Professor Tanya Heikkila is featured in “Research to Practice: Ten Years of Lessons From Collaborative Management in the Everglades” in an April 20, 2016, post on The Intersector Project blog.
The research, a collaboration with Andrea Gerlak from the University of Arizona, was published in The American Review of Public Administration in March 2016. It examines the work of the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task Force over a 10-year period, reviewing meeting minutes, interviewing collaboration partners, and assessing news media and other secondary sources.
According to the blog post, “Emerging from their research are several actionable takeaways for practitioners involved in complex cross-sector collaborations:
Establish communication rules, voting rules, a strategic plan, and conflict resolution procedures early on in the collaboration.
In meetings, prioritize activities through which all partners can gain an understanding of aspects of the collaboration that they may know little about — science and technical issues, for example.
At meetings where members of the public are present, schedule community feedback after one or several agenda items instead of at the end of multi-hour meetings.