ERIC Number: ED307560
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Mar-31
Reference Count: N/A
Forging New Partnerships: Collaboration in the Western Center for Drug-Free Schools and Communities Project.
Thomas, Carol F.
In order to meet its goals of developing and improving the capacity of state and local education agencies and institutions of higher education to prevent and eliminate alcohol and other drug abuse in the schools, the Western Center for Drug-Free Schools and Communities undertook collaboration with other groups to fight drug abuse. The staff of the Center were involved in network, cooperative, and collaborative working relationships to enable the Center to better identify the training and technical assistance needs of various groups, assure efficient use of limited funds, avoid unnecessary duplication of effort, and bring the best possible resources to bear on the alcohol and drug problem in schools and communities. The Center found that collaboration promoted wider involvement and sharper focus on the drug problem and allowed each community to tailor solutions to its own needs and populations. It was also found that the concept of collaboration is derived from political and philosophical assumptions relative to parity and involvement of clients in the decision-making process. Collaboration was found to imply a new institution or structure. Successful collaboration required awareness of organizational barriers and strategies to counterbalance them. Finally, collaboration required a common issue, activities, institutional support, skillful people, organizational structure, time and leadership. (ABL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southwest Regional Laboratory for Educational Research and Development, Los Alamitos, CA.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, March 27-31, 1989).