ERIC Number: ED215196
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Dec
Reference Count: 0
An Inquiry into Relationships Between Human Services Agencies: Danville (VA). Research Report 81-107.
Schwartz, Terry Ann; And Others
A systematic investigation was conducted into the nature of interagency cooperative relationships to identify characteristics, factors, and components. Through a review of the literature, terms were defined, and incentives and benefits, facilitators, and barriers were identified. A naturalistic approach to inquiry was used to study the interagency relationship between the Department of Parks and Recreation and the Danville (Virginia) Public Schools. Data collection techniques were interviews with individuals and groups; observations of interagency programs, staff meetings, meetings between key staff and others; document analysis; and "shadowing" of key staff. Findings are reported and discussed in the final two sections of the report. The first of the two sections presents (1) information about the city of Danville and its community services; (2) data gathered for the study, including staff roles and attitudes, relative influence of each organization, costs and benefits of the interagency relationship; and (3) "A Day in the Life of...", a description of the community education coordinator. The final section first compares findings with the general review of the literature on interagency relationships. Each category summarized in the literature review is contrasted and compared with the findings in Danville. Responses are then provided to the five research questions that served as framework for the study. (YLB)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Community Attitudes, Community Education, Coordination, Human Services, Literature Reviews, Social Agencies
University of Virginia, Community Education, 2l6 Ruffner Hall, 405 Emmet St., Charlottesville, VA 22903 ($3.00; 25% off for 10-24 copies, 40% off for 25 or more copies).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Mott (C.S.) Foundation, Flint, MI.
Authoring Institution: Virginia Univ., Charlottesville. Mid-Atlantic Center for Community Education.