Gauging the 'capacity to collaborate' within multi-sector ageing networks

Everingham, Jo-Anne and Cuthill, Michael and Warburton, Jeni and Bartlett, Helen (2010) Gauging the 'capacity to collaborate' within multi-sector ageing networks. Third Sector Review, 16 (3). pp. 83-100. ISSN 1323-9163


Complex social issues are increasingly addressed using collaboration between third-sector organisations and state actors. This paper explores the capacity to collaborate evident within two such networks in the initial stages of an action research project aimed at fostering collaboration around positive ageing initiatives. Findings are presented using a conceptual framework for measuring capacity to collaborate. This framework includes three dimensions – forms of capital, key processes employed for working together, and characteristics of the context – that can facilitate or inhibit collaboration. Applying the framework to an empirical situation provides an assessment of the latent capacity to collaborate in two networks.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - USQ Other
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - USQ Other
Date Deposited: 28 May 2013 05:53
Last Modified: 08 Jul 2014 03:02
Uncontrolled Keywords: collaboration; ageing policy; capacity-building; collaborative processes; multi-sector networks
Fields of Research (2008): 16 Studies in Human Society > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160512 Social Policy
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170113 Social and Community Psychology
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111702 Aged Health Care
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940103 Ageing and Older People

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