The publication of this essay marks the end of the Partner Programme for Infrastructure Management (PIM). With this programme, Rijkswaterstaat has reached out across borders. Literally, by working together with and learning from British and Flemish managers of road infrastructure, but also by cooperating with W.S. Atkins and Grontmij to test new working methods and contract forms in a public-private context. Rijkswaterstaat found that combining international, public and private knowledge is a condition for success. It also found that it is most effective to first try out innovation speedily in a smaller, controlled environment. Once you have experienced what works and what does not, it is useful to look at if and how results can be broadly applied.
This essay takes the next logical step – that is, learning from other sectors. By means of interviews with key people and examples of interesting forms of public-private cooperation, it provides a window to worlds that are relevant to Rijkswaterstaat. The interviewees share relevant experiences, point out certain trends and cite examples of inspiring leadership. In their individual sectors, important changes have recently been implemented – changes from which we can learn a great deal, such as, for example, that the right mix of private and public is not a constant but is always subject to changing insights.