ERIC Number: ED231021
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Nov-20
Reference Count: 0
Interagency Planning: A Case Study in Murphy's Law.
Witkin, Belle Ruth
A partnership project to develop and demonstrate a model for interagency cooperation between school districts and city governments operated for slightly over a year in Emeryville (California). Successful results of the project included collection of needs assessment data, completion of a social services resource guide, reopening of school playgrounds for afterschool use, and establishment of a child care center. However, the joint planning capability was never institutionalized. Problems occurred in the project implementation, and within the school district and city, that discouraged partnership. Planners of interagency linkage are advised to (1) involve organizations that have a stable governance structure and available staff and can provide the impetus for interagency planning; (2) work on specific, short-term projects that are visable early on and move from there to more general planning; (3) involve community and grassroots groups and informal power brokers as early as possible; and (4) establish interorganizational linkages with elected officials, top management, and lower level staff who have permanent positions. (MLF)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, City Government, Cooperative Planning, Day Care Centers, Economic Factors, Elementary Secondary Education, Failure, Government School Relationship, Human Services, Models, Needs Assessment, Organizational Climate, Parks, Problem Solving, Program Implementation, Social Problems, Urban Problems, Urban Schools
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: California (Emeryville)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Society of Educational Planners (Kiawah Island, SC, November 20, 1979).