Understanding the Process of Interagency Collaboration and Its Long-Term Effectiveness

Scholarly Saturday- Understanding the Process of Inter-agency Collaboration and Its Long-Term Effectiveness

This is the beginning of what is hopefully a trend on my blog. For the second time this week I will share a resource based on direct interaction with people on social media. Thanks Karen for sharing your research with me and a great example of macro social work and community collaboration…

Karen Zgoda

Folks, here is my presentation from the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) conference held in New Orleans, January 2015.

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Understanding the Process of Interagency Collaboration and Its Long-Term Effectiveness

Abstract: Background and Purpose: Charlestown Connects was an interagency collaboration in the neighborhood of Charlestown, Massachusetts. The Charlestown Connects program was an ongoing, formalized partnership between the City of Boston, neighborhood agencies, and other community agencies to improve community outcomes via interagency collaboration. In response to a request from the Office of the Mayor of Boston, the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work (BCGSSW) agreed to provide guidance on the evaluation of the program. This Phase I evaluation documented the structure, process, and implementation of Charlestown Connects. Phase I data collection was completed in 2008 and the evaluation itself was completed in 2010.

While limited social work research has explored interagency collaborations, there remains a persistent gap…

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