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ERIC Number: ED346566
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Impacts of Interagency Collaboration on Participating Organizations.
Boyd, Bill; And Others
Issues in interagency collaboration and the experiences of a collaborative effort in a rural, economically depressed county of Colorado are discussed in this paper. The first section reviews the concepts of cooperation and collaboration as they relate to interagency activities and offers a literature review. The second section presents the findings of three studies that investigated the impact of collaboration on organizations and individuals that participated in the Center Project, a Leadville, Colorado, collaborative effort that provided human services to address the problems of at-risk children and children from economically depressed families. Data for each ethnographic study were derived from document analysis and interviews with key agency members and participants. A primary outcome was improved support for families. However, perceptions of school personnel contrasted with those of agency representatives, which suggests that boundaries among organizations were not reduced. From the school-level view, the project may be one of "cooperation" among community agencies rather than one of "collaboration." The findings suggest that collaboratives may have a greater impact on the individuals involved than on the participating organizations. Recommendations are made to involve affected personnel at all stages of planning and implementation, help people adapt to change, and address resource concerns. (29 references) (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Colorado