University of Oregon

Planning, Public Policy and Management

Collaboratives Research

UO Studies Abstract Links Web Sites

Welcome to the Collaboratives Research Page. This is meant to be a resource site for people working with collaborative groups and forums. It provides information and links to studies and published reports in a range of subject areas. When possible, the full document or link is provided. I have also provided links to published journal articles, but am not authorized to provide full PDF copies of those.

UO Studies

Occasional Paper Series. Shared Use School Facilities: Case Studies of Innovative Practices

Investigators:  Richard Margerum, faculty; Jason Lugo, MCRP student; Nick Meltzer, MCRP student.
PDF: Full Report

Watershed Coordinator – Board Relationships

Investigator: Kate Bodane, MCRP Student
Advisor: Richard Margerum
Synopsis: Based on a survey of Oregon watershed coordinators (n=xx), this study examines the satisfaction of coordinators in their positions, explores why coordinators have left their jobs, and examines coordinator relationships with their Board.
Links: Bodane Thesis at UO Scholars Bank
PDFs: Full Project
Appendix: Survey and survey results

Landowner Conservation Efforts: Motivations and Barriers

Investigators: Stacy Rosenberg, Richard Margerum, Peter Walker
Synopsis: Based on a survey and interviews with landowners in five Oregon watersheds, this study examines the factors that influence landowner decisions to undertake conservation efforts on private land. The goal is to help identify the factors that watershed councils can tap into to motivate change.
Links: Rosenberg Dissertation at UO Library
PDFs: Summary Report (4 pages); Draft paper (30 pages)

Watershed Council Business Plans

Investigator: Tina Nunez, MCRP Student
Advisor: Richard Margerum
Synopsis: Based on a review of business plans for a range of non-profit organizations, this study examined the goals of these plans and how they could be applied to watershed councils. The researcher then worked with the McKenzie Watershed Council to help develop their business plan.
Links: UO Scholars Bank
PDFs: Summary (pdf)

Collaboration in Criminal Justice

Investigator: Myra Downing, MPA Student
Advisor: Richard Margerum
Synopsis: Based on four paired case studies in the US, this study examined the factors supporting and constraining collaboration in the criminal justice. The study highlights key findings about initaitiion, convening and facilitation of these efforts.
Links: Thesis at UO Knight Library
PDFs: Full Thesis (pdf)

This section above, updated April 30, 2013

Abstract Links: Articles by Margerum

Margerum, Richard D. in press. "A Typology of Collaborative Approaches in Environmental Management" Environmental Management.

Margerum, Richard D. 2007. "Overcoming Locally Based Collaboration Constraints" Society and Natural Resources. 20(2): 135-152

Margerum, Richard D. 2005. "Collaborative growth management in metropolitan Denver: Fig leaf or valiant effort?" Land Use Policy. 22(3): 373-386.

Margerum, Richard D. and Debra R Whitall. 2004. "The challenges and implications of collaborative management on a river basin scale." Journal of Environmental Planning and Management. 47, 3, 407–427,

Margerum, Richard D. 2002. "Collaborative planning: Building consensus and building a distinct model for practice." Journal of Planning Education and Research. 21, 3: 237-253.

Margerum, Richard D. 2002. "Evaluating Collaborative Planning: Implications from an empirical analysis of growth management." Journal of the American Planning Association. 68, 2: 179-193.

Margerum, Richard D. 2001. "Organizational commitment to integrated and collaborative management: Matching strategies to constraints." Environmental Management. 28(4) 421-431.

Margerum, Richard D. and Bruce P. Hooper. 2001. "Integrated environmental management: Improving implementation through leverage point mapping." Society and Natural Resources 14, 1: 1-19.

Margerum, Richard D. and Stephen M. Born. 2000. "A coordination diagnostic for improving integrated environmental management." Journal of Environmental Planning and Management. 43, 1: 5-21.

Margerum, Richard D. 1999 "Integrated environmental management: Lessons from the Trinity Inlet Management Program." Land Use Policy 16, 3: 179-190.

Margerum, Richard D. 1999. "Implementing integrated planning and management: A typology of approaches." Australian Planner. 36,3: 155-161.

Margerum, Richard D. 1999. Getting past yes: From capital creation to action. Journal of the American Planning Association. 65,2: 181-192

Margerum, Richard D. 1999. Integrated environmental management: The foundations for successful practice. Environmental Management.24, 2: 151-166.

Margerum, Richard D. 1997. "Integrated approaches to environmental management and planning." Journal of Planning Literature. 11, 4: 459-475.

Margerum, Richard D. and Stephen M. Born. 1995. "Integrated environmental management: Moving from theory to practice." Journal of Environmental Planning and Management. 38, 3: 371-391.

Web Sites

Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board
The Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board is a state agency led by a policy oversight board. Together, they promote and fund voluntary actions that strive to enhance Oregon's watersheds.

Community Based Collaboratives Research Consortium
The CBRCR is a consortium of researchers and practitioners seeking to understand and evaluate collaborative processes in natural resources and community development. (

National Policy Consensus Center
The National Policy Consensus Center (NPCC) develops collaborative governance systems that enable state leaders to achieve better solutions to complex issues.

Red Lodge Clearing House
The mission of the Red Lodge Clearinghouse is to support, nurture and connect collaborative natural resource groups.