2010-01-13: Need to budget for collaboration time

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While collaboration is embraced within the public sector (for example, it is common today that funders require evidence of collaboration before awarding and providing funds for program activity as a precondition to applying for funding (Lasker 2003)), there is little guidance on how managers might consider the cost of this new expectation. Currently, the costs for collaboration are rarely budgeted for by public managers, leading to complaints that “funding agencies [do] not recognize the cost [of collaboration] incurred…budgets [do] not support the extra coordination efforts needed (Cummings and Kiesler 2005, 717).” (Media:VARDA Teaching Notes.pdf)