ERIC Number: ED474640
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002
Collaborative Partnerships between Educational Organizations: Extent of Independence-Interdependence and Satisfaction with Collaboration.
Meehan, Merrill L.; Wiersma, William; Riffle, M. Joy S.
Collaboration between and among educational organizations is much discussed and often required by funding agencies, but measuring such collaboration is discussed much less. Collaboration has been characterized as a continuum of interdependence between partners that ranges from cooperation to coordination to collaboration. Seven features have been identified to determine where an interorganizational relationship would be plotted on the continuum. This study focused on the twin factors of the extent of independence-interdependence of the collaboration of clients with an educational R & D organization and the level of satisfaction with the collaboration. Data were collected annually for 4 years via a mailed survey to about 500 clients of the R & D organization. Satisfaction with the collaboration was collected from about 230 clients for 2 of those years. The internal factors of collaboration, such as leadership role and adequate support from the organizations involved, have greater effect than more external factors, such as the professional role of the educators or the years on the job. The important implications of this study are found more in the measurement related to collaboration than in factors that affect those measures. (Contains 10 references and 6 tables.) (Author/RT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: AEL, Inc., Charleston, WV.