Identified Barriers to Collaboration Barriers/Obstacles % Selected Legal/policy barriers 39.8% No financial sense 28.5% Budget difficulties 27.6% Negotiated agreements 26.4% Geographic obstacles 23.0% Governance 21.9% Organizational inertia 18.9% Cost model for service 14.6% Job sercurity/employee cooperation 13.8% Issues related to competition 8.9% Lack of public support 2.9% Source: Shared Services Survey, October, 2011 The financial and internal barriers identified in the table above should be assessed in the development of each shared services initiative. Change is difficult; community perceptions and concerns about losing identity are understandable. Clear communication about shared services initiatives is vital. However, while local leaders reported a perceived barrier of lack of public support in the survey results, polling data from the Center For Government Research’s A Cost of Government Study for Northeast Ohio, reveal strong public support for the shared services concept and government collaboration: ▪▪87% support collaboration on roads, sewers and highways; ▪▪82% support regional coordination on land use; ▪▪82% support fire and police collaborations; ▪▪76% support public schools collaborations.3
RECOMMENDATION (2) The State should continue the process to further remove identified barriers to shared services and collaboration, including legislative approval when necessary. The Kasich Administration and 42 statewide associations representing all types of state and local education and government entities have agreed to meet monthly through 2012 to continue addressing challenges related to implementing shared services. These meetings will review the barriers identified during development of the plan to work toward ways to remove them and create additional tools to expand shared services.
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