ERIC Number: ED326640
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
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Interagency Cooperation. Synergy for the 1990's.
Murk, Peter J.
The benefits of people and agencies working cooperatively clearly outweigh the costs. When an agency works by itself, it avoids risks, protects its resources, gets sole credit, and controls goals, methods, and efforts. When agencies cooperate, they can prevent duplication of efforts and services, economize and stretch resources, multiply the efforts of personnel and facilities, serve clients more effectively, increase public support for all agencies involved, and achieve goals unreachable individually. One planning technique for developing interagency cooperation is the Process Model by Janove (1984). This cyclical model is an ongoing process with six phases: assessment; setting realistic goals; formulation of an action plan; implementation of the action plan; evaluation; and reassessment and recycling. With scarce human, financial, and agency resources, the need for agency cooperation has never been greater. By combining and coordinating forces, the group has a greater potential than individual efforts. The whole is greater than the sum of the individual parts, and synergy is achieved. (YLB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - General
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (Salt Lake City, UT, October 28-November 3, 1990). Document contains occasional broken type.