ERIC Number: ED347405
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Interagency Collaboration: Its Role in Welfare Reform. ERIC Digest No. 126.
The Family Support Act (FSA) of 1988 provides opportunities for educators to form linkages with other agencies to strengthen families and help them move toward self-sufficiency. The FSA affords professionals chances to forge critical interagency connections and expand the range and capacity of programs for learners at risk. A strategy for forming effective linkages across agencies, particularly at the local level, has six steps. Step one involves assessing the need and climate for interagency partnerships. Unless a perceived need exists for interagency partnerships, they are unlikely to materialize. Step two involves getting started by formulating a tentative rationale, identifying existing linkages, and developing internal administrative support. Step three involves forming a team, identifying and selecting key players, and issuing the invitations. In step four, partners establish a collaborative relationship. The relationship implies organizations' willingness to change the way services are delivered. A plan is developed in step five that establishes joint goals and objectives as well as steps for achieving them. Developing an action plan involves creating an effective planning environment, formulating the plan, and developing administrative support for the plan. Step six, follow up and follow through, includes actions that can ensure the plan is accomplished. (NLA)
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, Columbus, OH.
Identifiers: ERIC Digests; Family Support Act 1988