Christopher Koliba

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“Collaboration” is a ubiquitously championed concept and widely recognized across the public and private sectors as the foundation on which the capacity for addressing complex issues is predicated. For those invested in organizational improvement, high-quality collaboration has become no less than an imperative. However, evaluators and program stakeholders(More)
What is the most eff ective framework for analyzing complex accountability challenges within governing networks? Recognizing the multiscale and intersector (public, private, and nonprofi t) characteristics of these networks, an accountability model is advanced organized around democratic (elected representatives, citizens, and the legal system), market(More)
Farm to School (FTS) programs are increasingly popular as methods to teach students about food, nutrition, and agriculture by connecting students with the sources of the food that they eat. They may also provide opportunity for farmers seeking to diversify market channels. Food service buyers in FTS programs often choose to procure food for school meals(More)
Efforts to create more sustainable cities are evident in the proliferation of sustainability policies in cities worldwide. It has become widely proposed that the success of these urban sustainability initiatives will require city agencies to partner with, and even cede authority to, organizations from other sectors and levels of government. Yet the(More)
Department of Plant Biology University of Vermont, Burlington, VT 05405 Department of Mathematics, Department of Biochemistry, and Complexity Group, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT 05405 Department of Community Development and Applied Economics, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT 05405 Department of Community Development and Applied Economics,(More)
Multi-level institutional designs with distributed power and authority arrangements among federal, state, regional, and local government agencies could lead to the emergence of differential patterns of socioeconomic and infrastructure development pathways in complex social–ecological systems. Both exogenous drivers and endogenous processes in(More)
The performance management of emergent governance networks poses considerable challenges for federal and state governments when they provide base funding to sustain the network operations, such as the federally funded Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs). Under the federal legislation in the last two decades, the MPOs have been mandated to develop and(More)
Smart grid deployment unfolds within a diverse array of multi-institutional arrangements that may be too fragmented and decentralized to allow for the kind of large-scale and coordinated investments needed to properly deploy the smart grid. This case study provides an account of how one state arranged for and eventually deployed smart grid technology to(More)