ERIC Number: ED364800
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
The Art of Working Together: A Guide to Interorganizational Coordination in the Community.
Alberta Dept. of Education, Edmonton. Special Educational Services Branch.
"Vision for the Nineties...A Plan of Action" (1991) noted that, to achieve excellence in schools, school-based coordinated services needed to be enhanced by improving interdependent and interagency coordination. It was further noted that school jurisdictions needed assistance to improve the availability of a range of coordinated, school-based family and community services to enhance teaching and learning. An extensive study was conducted across Alberta in 1992 to examine how the province was faring in its efforts to improve interdepartment and interagency coordination. Study methodology included a literature review, a telephone survey of key informants such as planners and managers with experience in and responsibility for group coordination, a questionnaire sent to 135 interorganizational groups, and site visits made to 10 selected locations where projects were underway. This guide translates the findings of the study into implications and suggestions for practice. One section of the guide explains the study methodology and the instruments used. Other sections correspond to stages of group development: Before You Begin; Getting Started; Maintaining Momentum; and Looking Back, Planning Ahead. Relevant materials are appended, including a set of evaluation worksheets which can be duplicated for copies or overheads. The guide is intended as a tool for managers or staff who wish to coordinate activities among their own organization or agency and others with a similar interest, objective, or goal. (Author/NB)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Community Organizations, Coordination, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries
Learning Resources Distributing Centre, 12360 142 St., Edmonton, Alberta, T5L 4X9 Canada.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Non-Classroom; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Administrators; Community
Authoring Institution: Alberta Dept. of Education, Edmonton. Special Educational Services Branch.