ERIC Number: ED399315
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Collaborative Services Initiatives: A Report of a National Survey of Program Directors. Publication Series #96-7.
Driscoll, Mary Erina; Boyd, William
This paper describes the technical aspects and preliminary results of a study that explored the role of the director of collaborative programs that combine efforts of schools and social service agencies. It also studied the program director's perceptions of critical aspects of collaborative services initiatives. The idea that collaboration exists along a continuum framed the research questions about differences among programs and the attitudes and practices of directors. The study was complicated by the lack of consensus about what a collaborative program is and the decentralized nature of the implementation and oversight of these programs. The files of the National Center for Service Integration and other data sources were used to compile a database of over 400 collaborative service organizations; 160 usable surveys were returned, mainly from urban programs. The range of services offered varied greatly, but most programs offered at least 2 services, and some offered as many as 30. The structures and factors affecting the process of collaboration appeared to be quite pragmatic. Program directors indicated that flexible time and space arrangements were critical to the success of their programs. They also depicted the role of program director as extremely complex, with a large commitment of time to administrative activities. (Contains 1 figure, 16 tables, and 10 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Temple Univ., Philadelphia. Center for Research in Human Development and Education.; Temple Univ., Philadelphia, PA. National Education Center on Education in the Inner Cities.
Note: Re-issued by the Laboratory for Student Success as Publication Series No. 3, 1998.