ERIC Number: ED382391
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
From Clients to Partners: Four Case Studies of Collaboration and Family Involvement in the Development of School-Linked Services. Report No. 29.
Burch, Patricia; Palanki, Ameetha
This study used ethnographic case-study methods to document four school-linked service initiatives that are moving in the direction of collaboration among local agencies and schools, and family empowerment. The projects vary in terms of population served and programmatic focus, and each program has one or more of the components required to make integrated services more responsive to the needs of children and families. The programs studied were: (1) the RAIN (Referral And Information Network) program in Fienberg-Fisher Elementary School in Miami Beach, Florida, which grew out of the Healthy Learners Project funded by the Danforth Foundation in 1990; (2) the Las Cruces, New Mexico community strategy that includes city agencies, school district, local health department, and families working cooperatively to solve problems and share information; (3) the school-based program in New Brunswick High school in New Jersey; and (4) the Parents as Facilitators: Building Local Leadership for More Responsive Services Parent Facilitation Project in Snohomish County, Washington. Six features of program design were identified that appeared to facilitate strategies of collaboration in local efforts to link education and other social services: (1) involving families as agenda setters and partners in collaboration; (2) creating a management structure with representatives of agencies and beneficiaries; (3) easing access to multiple sources of funding; (4) establishing interagency and cross-role networks; (5) providing training and other support for collaborators; and (6) funding and establishing collaborative evaluation mechanisms. (Contains a discussion of future directions for research and policy and 12 references. (DR)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Institute for Responsive Education, Boston, MA.; Center on Families, Communities, Schools, and Children's Learning.