Planning to Coordinate and Coordinating the Plan: Evidence from Local Governments

This article examines the use of planning coordination and factors associated with its use. Planning among local governments can include factors related to transportation congestion, educational performance, public safety, and the environment. The authors conducted a national survey of city managers and chief administrative officers in all 544 U.S. cities with populations of more than 50,000; sixteen follow-up, in-depth telephone interviews were conducted with respondents who indicated either a high or very low use of coordinated planning activities. The mailings resulted in 202 completed responses (37.1% response rate). Their results show that about 40% of jurisdictions frequently use coordinated, comprehensive plans, most commonly in the areas of in public safety, traffic congestion, transit planning, and economic development. Among respondents, 78.7% agree or strongly agree that coordination with other jurisdictions and organizations is important in solving complex community problems. The authors conclude that key factors affecting the use of coordination with other jurisdictions and organizations are the presence and perceived effectiveness of other organizations and a revitalized management work culture that encourages departments to think outside the box and rewards them for innovation and initiative. The article includes extensive quotes from the returned surveys.

  • Authors:
    • Berman, Evan M
    • Korosec, Ronnie L
  • Publication Date: 2005-12


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 01046708
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 23 2007 8:00PM