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

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

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AuthorsCuthill, Michael (Author), Wilson, Erica (Author) and Nielsen, Noah (Author)
EditorsDawson, P
Journal TitleJournal of Youth Development
Journal Citation2 (3), pp. 43-61
Number of Pages19
Year2008
Place of PublicationPendleton, Oregon
Abstract

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.

ANZSRC Field of Research 2020441006. Sociological methodology and research methods
350799. Strategy, management and organisational behaviour not elsewhere classified
440799. Policy and administration not elsewhere classified
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Byline AffiliationsUniversity of Queensland
Southern Cross University
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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