Succesful Collaborative Governance 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. To see the full powerpoint click here.

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 and expand their analyses. 

Read more about the database and access all cases on the Collaborative Governance Case Database (



The Collaborative Governance Case Database will form the basis for a special issue for Policy and Society. This special issue will contain articles that all present research that draws on the Collaborative Governance Case Database. The first two articles that will be part of this special have already been released. View the articles on the site of Policy & Society.


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. 


Key definitions and scope conditions

•All types of collaborative governance cases from all policy domains are welcome: Cases may involveonly government entities, only non-government entities, or a mix of the two. Cases may representsuccesses or failures or something in between.
•Definition of collaboration: When two or more actors aim to constructively manage their differences inorder to produce joint solutions to common challenges.
•Definition of governance: The arrangements and processes through which interdependent butoperationally autonomous actors aim to formulate and achieve common goals through collectivedecision making.
•Definition of collaborative governance: A collective decision-making process based on more or lessinstitutionalized interactions between two or more actors that aims to establish common ground for jointproblem solving and value creation.
•Definition of a case: A set of actors collaborating on a shared issue over a specified time period within agiven 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 datamay also be entered as separate but related cases.

The survey consists of eight thematic sections, each starting with a series of closed questions and ending with an open text question that allows you to add your qualitative insights. To see the survey click here. Please provide as much information as you feel confident in providing on the basis of your knowledge of the case.. You can select ‘Don’t Know’ if you do not have the answer. A confidence measure at the end of each section asks you to make a self-assessment of your level of confidence in the validity and reliability of the data you have entered. The survey takes about four hours to complete one case.

Before your survey is accepted into the database, a peer researcher will review your case description to make sure it is clear and consistent. You will also be asked to check at least one case submitted by a fellow contributor. Please contact the database editors at to discuss any queries you may have about the database and about potential case contributions.

The database belongs to the research community and if you are not sure your case fits, Please contact Scott Douglas ( to contribute your case and start your project.

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This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No694266)