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Collaboration and partnership: evaluating the FAME experience

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Pat Gannon-Leary


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One of the strands of the FAME (Framework for Multi-Agency Environments) project is a learning and evaluation strand being undertaken by Newcastle University’s Centre for Social and Business Informatics. In conducting the evaluation, it became apparent that collaboration was an important factor in the other project strands which involve children with disabilities, child protection, housing benefits, vulnerable old people and mental health. This article examines the literature of collaboration and then attempts to evaluate the multi-agency partnerships in FAME in the light of the contextual and theoretical data provided in the reading matter. Having looked at a working definition of collaboration, consideration is given to prerequisites and positive drivers for multi-agency partnerships along with barriers and constraining factors affecting multi-agency working. These are examined with reference to the experience of the partners in the diverse FAME projects and evaluated to assess how far such experiences mirror the findings of previous research and how far the multi-agency dimension offers new or different perspectives and challenges for evaluators.

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Author(s): Gannon-Leary P

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: United Kingdom Evaluation Society 10th Annual conference: Enhancing and improving evaluation practice

Year of Conference: 2004