ERIC Number: ED425822
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Smart Start and Local Inter-Organizational Collaboration: Local Collaboration for Children and the North Carolina Smart Start Initiative. UNC Smart Start Evaluation Report.
Orthner, Dennis; Cole, George; Ehrlich, Roger
A longitudinal assessment of interagency cooperation was conducted as part of a research project designed to monitor the implementation and development of the Smart Start collaboration process. Telephone interviews were conducted with key informants from organizations providing services to children, and the resulting qualitative, quantitative, and network data were analyzed. The findings indicate that Smart Start is facilitating collaboration among local providers of services to children under six years of age and their families. The assessment provides information on the nature, extent, and productiveness of that collaboration. Specific findings indicate the following: (1) Smart Start appears to have improved local inter-agency collaboration among organizations that serve young children and their families; (2) substantial variations across partnerships in levels of inter-organizational collaboration are common; (3) the local partnership boards and planning process appear to encourage inter-agency collaborations; (4) there is uneven participation among members of local partnerships; (5) there is a potential link between Smart Start collaboration and local human service system coordination and integration; and (6) additional analysis will be necessary to examine the potential effects of Smart Start regionalization and welfare reform. (SD)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Cooperative Programs, Coordination, Early Childhood Education, Evaluation, Family Programs, Human Services, Institutional Cooperation, Integrated Services, Program Effectiveness, Research Projects
Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center, 105 Smith Level Road, CB #8180, UNC-CH, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-8180; phone: 919-966-4295.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Carolina Univ., Chapel Hill. Frank Porter Graham Center.
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina