Collaboration in a competitive environment; evaluation of and reflections on an integrated 'youth at risk' project

Cuthill, Michael and Wilson, Erica and Nielsen, Noah (2008) Collaboration in a competitive environment; evaluation of and reflections on an integrated 'youth at risk' project. Journal of Youth Development , 2 (3). pp. 43-61.


This paper reports on the activities, processes and outputs
in the first 18 months of a 3 year collaborative project, the Gold Coast Integrated Response for Youth At Risk. Survey, focus group and interview data were collected from project participants as part of a formative evaluation. Results identify both success and ongoing challenges within the project. Five key findings from the project are
presented and discussed. These relate to issues such as the need for well designed project evaluation, and negotiating and clearly defining governance processes during the initial project planning stages. In addition, stakeholder communication and engagement processes are identified as an area of concern. The inherent tension of working collaboratively in a competitive (funding) culture and finding an operational balance between developmental processes and more tangible project outputs are also discussed.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - USQ Other
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - USQ Other
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2013 03:02
Last Modified: 29 Aug 2014 02:59
Fields of Research (2008): 16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160807 Sociological Methodology and Research Methods
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150303 Corporate Governance and Stakeholder Engagement
16 Studies in Human Society > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160599 Policy and Administration not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940105 Children's/Youth Services and Childcare

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