Best Practices and Success Factors in Shared Governance

We live in a policy environment in which the most critical issues are increasingly cross-cutting.

If critical issues are increasingly cross-cutting, it is not surprising shared or multi-stakeholder governance has become a central and growing element of public governance. Yet it challenges many of our traditional practices in areas such as decision making, oversight, and accountability. The IOG has conducted significant research in shared governance, which also accounts for a large and expanding aspect of our advisory practice. In the course of this work, we have identified a range of best practices and success factors for shared governance in a range of contexts, and have developed a maturity model which sets out a matrix of shared governance structures applicable to different scenarios and degrees of integration. These provide useful practical tools for anyone struggling to navigate a challenging and focal area for public sector decision makers and the officials who support them.

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