ERIC Number: EJ812633
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Aug
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Measuring Changes in Interagency Collaboration: An Examination of the Bridgeport Safe Start Initiative
Friedman, Stacey R.; Reynolds, Jesse; Quan, Michael A.; Call, Stephanie; Crusto, Cindy A.; Kaufman, Joy S.
Evaluation and Program Planning, v30 n3 p294-306 Aug 2007
This paper describes the evaluation of interagency collaboration in a network of child-serving providers as part of the evaluation of the Bridgeport Safe Start Initiative (BSSI). In line with the system of care approach, the objectives of BSSI included reducing fragmentation of efforts and delivering integrated services to families of young children exposed to or at risk of exposure to family violence. Interagency collaboration was examined via social network and focus group data collected at three time points starting at baseline. Network analysis findings suggest that over time the network structure became consistent with BSSI's vision of an ideal collaborative network structure. Focus group findings, however, present a more complex picture of the status of collaboration. This paper sheds light on approaches and challenges to measuring interagency collaboration in a service delivery system and communicating social network analysis findings to stakeholders in a way that is accessible and useful. (Contains 4 figures and 2 tables.)
Descriptors: Integrated Services, Delivery Systems, Family Violence, Network Analysis, Focus Groups, Agency Cooperation, Social Networks, Evaluation, Young Children, At Risk Students
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