WP2 explores the institutional conditions shaping collaboration in and by governments, incl. formal rules and norms embedding administrative traditions and cultures, ‘collaboration trajectories’ (any reform attempts over the past decade), as well as the regulations for data protection and data sharing, and freedom of information as crucial conditions for exploiting ICT in collaboration.
WP3 analyses what drives public servants’ willingness to collaborate, analysed at the level of (i) public servants: skills, knowledge and incentives, (ii) collaboration partners: perceived ability, benevolence and integrity, and (iii) collaboration type: policy design vs. policy delivery.
WP4 studies the emergence and nature of innovative collaboration practices inside governments, examining the actors and means and how they are linked in collaborative policy design. Hence, it focuses on actor constellations and actors’ capabilities (e.g. formal authority, salience, expertise, means of collaboration (incl. timing, formality, intensity), especially also the application and suitability of ICT, and the institutional conditions shaping these actors and means.
WP5 contributes to an enhanced understanding of success factors of e-participation initiatives involving governments, key stakeholders, societal groups, and users. It will analyse information systems but also the challenges stemming from political, administrative and cultural contexts of online democratic engagement.
WP6 studies whether and under which conditions collaborative public management arrangements deliver more innovative public services, particularly the potential of ICT to manage and overcome the tensions between collaboration in networks and managing single organisations.
WP7 examines whether and under which conditions these different types of partnerships result in innovative service delivery and to what extent this is influenced by partnership features (management, leadership and trust), the drivers and level of participation of individual stakeholders and users, and the application of ICT tools to foster collaboration and user involvement.
WP8 is to analyse the impact of collaboration on legitimacy and accountability and to develop assessment tools to measure those for collaborative governance.
WP9 focuses on the effects and impact of innovative collaborative practices on public sector efficiency, conducting a meta-assessment on red tape and an innovative measurement of efficiency effects of novel collaboration practices.