The Intersection of Nonprofit Roles and Public Policy Implementation

Jamie Levine Daniel, Rachel Fyall

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Many nonprofit organizations implement policy through service delivery. In addition, these nonprofits serve other roles in their communities. Policy implementation strategies that overlook the many roles nonprofits play may misunderstand implementation challenges or fail to maximize the benefits of public-nonprofits partnerships. We aim to inform policy implementation by presenting a narrative that explores the intersection of these nonprofit roles and policy implementation through nonprofit service delivery. We situate this focus on nonprofits as policy implementers within a framework of nonprofit roles. We present commentary that integrates policy implementation and nonprofit roles by focusing on four themes: nonprofit role simultaneity, service delivery/policy implementation perceptual asymmetry, nonprofit roles over time, and network participation. Accounting for this multidimensionality can help government actors facilitate partnerships that enable service delivery while also recognizing what nonprofits do independent of their formal arrangements with governments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1351-1371
Number of pages21
JournalPublic Performance and Management Review
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2 2019


  • Nonprofit roles
  • policy implementation
  • public service provision
  • public-nonprofit partnership

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Administration
  • Strategy and Management


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