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Understanding the Pathways towards Collaborative Governance

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This is an exploratory, qualitative, action research project using at least two ongoing innovations in collaborative governance (creating DD in Geralton region and gov'ts, NGOs, foundations working together in community, Canada)

Research questions:

  1. What do we know about collaborative governance from all perspectives, with a focus on pathways to achieve this.
  2. What's working and how do we get more of this?
  3. What will make it sustainable? (adapting and co-evolving)
  4. What are participants' experiences?


  • We want to use the NCDD and IAP2 networks to encourage international collaboration.
  • This will be descriptive, reflective, responsive, collaborative research.

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Are rare ideas as valuable as popular ideas?
Network learning is challenging. Networks are great for gathering many distinct inputs. Who decides what the network is saying? How does an idea which is expressed respond to other ideas which are expressed? If ideas don't change, is there any learning? There are many important questions that can be initiated through networks ... but will there need to be another, complementary process to reach rich conclusions?
Tom , 04 Feb 2011 11:37 PM

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