Interorganizational Collaboration in Child and Youth Programs

Jeffrey M. Jenson, Catherine F. Alter, Nicole Nicotera, Elizabeth K. Anthony and Shandra S. Forrest-Bank

in Risk, Resilience, and Positive Youth Development

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199755882
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979509 | DOI:
Interorganizational Collaboration in Child and Youth Programs

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This chapter described key elements in relationships between organizations that affect the delivery of community-based programs for at-risk children and youth. Discussed in the context of interorganizational relationship theory (IOR), these elements form the foundation of our proposed Collaborative Community Model (CCM). Three themes are central to the discussion of interorganizational relationships and the proposed CCM. The first theme is derived from research on IORs; namely, that IOR network structures should be shaped to meet the needs of at-risk youth rather than vice versa. A second theme concerns the increasing number and specialization of non-profit organizations found in community settings. Finally, a third theme informing our discussion of IOR is the increased attention aimed at improving the quality and effectiveness of services for at-risk children and youth. Together, these trends provide the background necessary for understanding the importance and expansion of IORs in communities.

Keywords: at-risk youth; organizations; collaboration; community-based programs

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