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This report was commissioned by the Martha’s Vineyard Commission through the Edward J. Collins, Jr. Center for Public Management at the University of Massachusetts Boston and was funded by the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development – District Local Technical Assistance Program. The report was prepared and presented by The Executive Suite for an analysis of the delivery of public services on Martha’s Vineyard. The purpose of the analysis is -

  1. Inventory what existing services are delivered at various levels of local and regional government; prepare a list of services that are presently delivered, or could be delivered, by public entities on Martha’s Vineyard.
  2. Identify what type of entity presently provides the service and the approximate budget and manpower, breaking it down by town when possible accessing publicly available data.
  3. Identify possible criteria optimizing the level of service delivery by interviewing stakeholders as well as the expertise of the consultant with respect to best practices elsewhere.
  4. Identify the services that appear to be good candidates for considering changing the method of delivery. Apply the criteria to the list of services, noting specific services that show promise.
  5. Identify which services have been successfully delivered in an alternative way in other localities. This should include the possibility of contracting out certain services. If possible, estimate the potential order of magnitude of potential cost savings.


Edward J. Collins, Jr. Center for Public Management, University of Massachusetts Boston



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