Independent Research Consultant / Contractor (Request for Research Advisory and Support)

Job Type

Part Time


Details: This is a paid position. Project compensation is negotiable.




New York
New York
United States


The Intersector Project welcomes research support to examine the economic significance of collaborative governance, particularly government, business and non-profit sector collaboration in multiple issue/policy domains. By exploring this increasingly important area of public service design and implementation, the project will support a better understanding of the benefits and limitations of this problem-solving approach.

The proposed project deliverable is an appropriately formatted literature review to inform specific research questions relevant to this field. For example:

  • What types of economic benefits and costs are material to a study of multi-sector collaborative governance?
  • How do the economic effects of multi-sector collaborative governance differ among government, business, non-profit sector organizations, and the general public?
  • What are the relevant units of analysis for distinguishing “collaborative” from “non-collaborative” activities? Why?
  • What are potential methods and data sources for assessing the cost of failing to effectively collaborate to society?
  • What forms of cost-benefit analysis are most relevant to understanding the economic dimensions of multi-sector collaborative governance?
  • What is an existing framework, theory, or method for understanding the influence of multi-sector collaborative governance on transaction costs?
  • What do existing evaluations of multi-sector programs initiated by government reveal the economic benefits and costs of multi-sector collaborative governance?
  • What can be learned from formal evaluations of multi-sector initiatives by esteemed policy evaluation firms (e.g. RAND, Mathematica Policy Research, MRDC)?

The research consultant should possess formal training and education in economics and may be a current graduate student. The contractor will be responsible for determining the direction of the project and setting their own schedule, and may choose to hire help.

Timeline: To be negotiated with contractor

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Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement