ERIC Number: ED422056
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr-15
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The Down East Partnership for Children: A Score That Is Collectively Written.
Bradshaw, Lynn K.
This qualitative case study details the Down East Partnership for Children (DEPC), one of the local Smart Start partnerships providing child care programs and direct services to children and families in 43 of North Carolina's 100 counties. The DEPC is an interagency partnership designed to model and support the delivery of integrated health, education, and social services to children and their families in two counties in Eastern North Carolina. The case study examines the collaboration process between the counties during the first 3 years of the DEPC and identifies areas for improvement. The case study was developed using data from observations, interviews of staff and Board members, focus groups, surveys, and document review, and is grounded in theory and research on collaborative organizations in education and the social sciences. The study first describes context for the development of the partnership. Collaboration theory is then discussed, and the methodology of the case study is outlined. The history of the partnership is also presented, organized by the steps in the collaboration process. The case study confirms the developmental nature of organizational collaboration, and poses implications for practice and research. (JPB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: North Carolina