Case Studies
To advance learning on leadership and organizational transformation, Leadership for a Networked World, along with its various partners, develop case studies that exemplify the complex and real-world challenges and opportunities in moving to improved outcomes and impact.
Public Sector

The Transformation of the State of Ohio Computing Center

In the early 2000s, the State of Ohio had a silo-ed information technology system and a decentralized approach to data. Twenty-six agencies were using approximately 9,000 servers to support more than 32 data centers that were running at less than 10% of their capacity. Moreover, of the close to one billion dollars that were being spent to support IT, approximately 70% of that was dedicated to infrastructures, such as servers and routers, while only 30% was being spent on public facing applications. This case examines how in five years, Ohio made tremendous strides in restructuring and optimizing IT systems, migrating 5,000 servers to the cloud, and re-allocating spending to what’s important. Success required building strong, diverse relationships with different agencies, legislators, the private sector, the University system, local governments, and others. As a result, in just two years, Ohio had seen more than $100 million in direct savings and produced $60 million of cost avoidance for higher education and local government partners.

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Public Sector

Ready To Launch: The State of Colorado Employee Wellness Program

Colorado is committed to healthy living, and in 2013 the state launched a robust effort to improve the health and wellness of over 30,000 state employees. In collaboration with several private sector partners, they created an online web portal, accessible to all employees regardless of their insurance provider, to establish incentives and support customized programs to improve employee wellness. Within three years they had more than 50% of employees participating in activities such as health screenings, targeted diabetes programs, walking and exercise programs, and new partnerships to offer near-site health clinics. This case study examines their initial efforts focused on redefining the relationship between partners, developing trust, and increasing participation, which necessitated working across diverse agencies with different needs, cultures, and ways of communicating. It also considers how the program evolved, and how the state restructured its partnerships to provide a more innovative, outcome-focused program

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Public Sector

The Promise of Convergence: Transforming Health Care Delivery in Missouri 

In 2011 in response to evolving technological platforms, economic factors, social variables, and political shifts, Missouri launched a new service delivery program - Missouri Health Homes initiative - designed to provide cost-effective, longitudinal, multidisciplinary care to individuals with chronic conditions. Establishing this new model involved extensive cross-boundary collaboration, with the Missouri Medicaid Program (MO HealthNet), the Department of Health and Senior Services, the Department of Mental Health, the Department of Social Services, and the Office of Administration. This initiative resulted in a structural change and a new operating model that was promoted to other states. To launch this effort the team had to develop a new funding model, build strong, diverse relationships with different agencies, legislators, the private sector, vendors, and others, and develop a new set of outcome measures. Along the way, the initiative encountered the challenges of recruiting and training new staff, collecting, organizing, and using new types of data, revising existing processes, and breaking down information silos. This case focuses on Missouri’s efforts to respond to convergence, transform their operating model, manage culture change, capitalize on data and analytics, and establish and maintain diverse partnerships.

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