ERIC Number: ED178238
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Aug-23
Reference Count: 0
Interagency Cooperation--An Investigation of Human Service Agencies Collaboration in the Delivery of Services and Amenities to Rural Citizens in Clinton County New York.
Gore, Jane S.; Nelson, Helen Y.
Assuming that one way to meet the needs and to improve the delivery of services and amenities to isolated rural citizens is through increased interagency collaboration, an obective of this research was to explore stimuli and deterrents to such cooperative efforts. Thirty organizations (23 public groups, 4 private non-profit, and 3 private) serving all of Clinton County, New York, providing a service or amenity for local citizens, and interested in improved rural transportation systems were chosen for the representative sample. An interview schedule to assemble background information about the agencies and a mailed questionnaire to collect information about interagency interaction were used. The analysis of interorganizational relationships among agencies indicated that high interaction is more likely among organizations exhibiting formalization in structure and procedures, low autonomy in decision making, varied program goals and services, young age (established within the last 10 years), and a high measure of prestige. Size of budget, number of paid personnel, expressed feelings of threat and competition with other agencies, and general overall attitudes about interorganizational cooperation did not relate in a significant manner to agency interaction. (NEC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: New York (Clinton County)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Rural Sociological Society (Burlington, VT, August 23-26, 1979)