Partnership working in public policy provision: A framework for evaluation

Sheena Asthana, Sue Richardson, Joyce Halliday

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Partnership working has emerged as a key feature of New Labour's approach to social policy. However, although the theoretical benefits of partnership have been well rehearsed, agencies charged with fostering partnerships lack "evidence" about how best to proceed in bringing about organizational change. This paper describes the development and implementation of a practical approach to capturing the strategies that can be used to establish, strengthen and sustain local partnerships. To this end, it presents a conceptual framework for the evaluation of partnership working and demonstrates the application of the framework to an investigation of partnership working in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly, and Plymouth Health action zones.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)780-795
Number of pages16
JournalSocial Policy and Administration
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2002
Externally publishedYes


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