“Collaboration is an unnatural action among non-consenting adults.” Eugene Bardach (as cited in Chever, Clifton, & Hogan, 2005)
For our next #macrosw Twitter chat, we’ll be focusing on collaboration as an example of macro social work practice. As you may know, I conducted a long-term, qualitative evaluation of an interagency collaboration program called Charlestown Connects for my dissertation. The Charlestown Connects program sought to improve community outcomes via interagency collaboration between local government and nonprofit agencies. Building on a prior evaluation, this study examined how the processes involved in the Charlestown Connects interagency collaboration evolved and long-term intervention effects. Using qualitative interviews with program stakeholders and observations of community meetings sponsored by Charlestown Connects, this study provides guidance on improving interagency collaborations for social workers and others engaging in community work. Major findings include the impact of interagency collaboration relationship building, an examination of factors and processes that helped grow and sustain the collaboration, and implications for the role macro social work may play in leading community infrastructure rebuilding efforts in the future.
Questions for discussion:
- How can macro social workers make an impact in our communities?
- How do we engage modern social workers in community practice work?
- How can social workers help rebuild community communication infrastructure?
- What resources do you need to get more involved in community work?
- Alameda County Public Health Department (2004). A handbook for participatory community: Assessments experiences from Alameda County. Retrieved from: http://www.livingknowledge.org/livingknowledge/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/3-AC-01-Participatory-community-assessments.pdf
- Bronstein (2003). A model for interdisciplinary collaboration. Social Work, 48(3),297-306.
- Cheever, K., Clifton, R., & Hogan, A. (2005). The best and the brightest: Fostering innovation and community involvement in small Colorado communities. The Innovation Journal: The Public Sector Innovation Journal, 10(1), 1–15.
- Polivka (1995). A conceptual model for community interagency collaboration. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 27(2), 110-115.
- White House Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative
- Association for Community Organizing and Social Administration (ACOSA), @acosaorg
- Network for Social Work Management (NSWM), @TheNSWM
- Social Work Helper, @deonahooper
- University at Buffalo School of Social Work, @ubssw
- University of Southern California School of Social Work, @mswatusc
- The Macro Social Work Student Network, @MSWSN
UPDATE: Complete chat archive here! Here are some chat highlights:
UPDATE: More chat highlights here: