Inter-organizational collaboration in the implementation of evidence-based practices among public agencies serving abused and neglected youth

Lawrence A. Palinkas, Dahlia Fuentes, Megan Finno, Antonio R. Garcia, Ian W. Holloway, Patricia Chamberlain

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

84 Scopus citations

Abstract

This study examined the role of inter-organizational collaboration in implementing new evidence-based practices for addressing problem behaviors in at-risk youth. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 38 systems leaders of probation, mental health, and child welfare departments of 12 California counties participating in a large randomized controlled trial to scale-up the use of Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care. Three sets of collaboration characteristics were identified: (1) characteristics of collaboration process, (2) characteristics of the external environment, and (3) characteristics of participating organizations and individuals. Inter-organizational collaboration enables an exchange of information and advice and a pooling of resources individual agencies may require for successful implementation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)74-85
Number of pages12
JournalAdministration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research
Volume41
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2014

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Acknowledgments Support for this research was provided by the William T. Grant Foundation [Grant ID# 9493] and, for the parent grant, NIMH RO1MH07658 and DHHS Childrens’Bureau. The sponsors did not have a role or influence in the study design, the collection, analysis and interpretation of data, writing of the report, and the decision to submit the article for publication.

Keywords

  • Child welfare
  • Collaboration
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Implementation
  • Juvenile justice
  • Mental health services

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatric Mental Health
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Inter-organizational collaboration in the implementation of evidence-based practices among public agencies serving abused and neglected youth'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this