Evaluation Question
Data Sources & Methods
Key Findings
Key Learning


Tools and Strategies Used

  • Beginning in 2002, PSI initiated a process to address the issue of leftover paint. The process was intended to be collaborative from start to finish. PSI used the following strategy to foster collaboration:
    • Established the Paint Product Stewardship Initiative (PPSI) and its goals through a consensus process.
    • Developed a detailed work plan during the first year
    • Crafted a Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) to define purpose and scope of the project; goals and objectives; and commitments by stakeholders.
    • Set-up smaller groups to focus work on specific projects.
    • PSI provided agenda and background materials prior to meetings and calls; meeting and calls were summarized and participants had opportunities to comment
  • The PPSI fostered collaboration with specific tools:
    • Monthly PPSI briefing conference calls
    • PPSI conferences (once or twice a year)
    • PSI Website featuring status of projects, reports, and posting of agenda, participant lists, meeting/call presentations, and meeting/call minutes

Effectiveness of Tools/Strategies

  • 67% of PPSI participants indicated that briefing calls were either “effective” or “somewhat effective”
  • The survey of PPSI participants asked respondents to indicate how effective they thought the conferences were:
    • 78% of participants indicated that PPSI conferences were “very effective,” “effective,” or “somewhat effective.”

View of process by different groups

  • Local and federal government respondents had the most positive perception of collaboration, whereas private businesses responded less positively.
  • Government representatives were more active participants in terms of call and meeting participation and felt more strongly that collaboration contributed to achieving PPSI goals.
  • Those who funded the program attributed more importance to the collaborative effort than those that did not.
  • Respondents did not feel significantly torn between meeting the needs of their own organization and the needs for the collaboration. Those working for private companies felt the most hindered.

Degree of collaboration

  • 84% of PPSI participants “strongly agreed,” “agreed,” or “somewhat agreed” that the PPSI was collaborative
  • PPSI participants generally felt that collaboration broke down during the development of legislation in Oregon and during the program planning and implementation stages

Related Materials

PPSI Paint Evaluation Preliminary Findings