The Sibley County Children’s Collaborative meets the definition as a collaborative “organizational and interorganizational structure(s) where resources, power, and authority are shared and where people are brought together to achieve common goals that could not be accomplished by a single individual or organization independently” (Daka-Mulwanda, Thornburg, Filbert, & Klein, 1995, p. 219). Its functioning depends on members working together, sharing their time, skills, resources and the common goal of providing community support for children and families in Sibley County. However, effective collaboration does not come easily. In fact much of the literature regarding collaboration suggests that while collaboration is the most effective form of problem solving, it is also the most complex, progressing first from cooperation to coordination and finally to collaboration (Daka-Mulwanda, et al., 1995). While the SCCC has a rich history of interagency planning and collaboration, recent years of high membership turnover has left new members unsure of the roles and responsibilities of the collaborative. This project was designed to address the current status of the SCCC through an examination of the literature and the development of a manual.
Date of Degree
Other Capstone Project
Master of Social Work (MSW)
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Blekestad-Kral, J. (2014). Sibley County Children's Collaborative - Supporting child welfare through collaboration [Master’s capstone project, Minnesota State University, Mankato]. Cornerstone: A Collection of Scholarly and Creative Works for Minnesota State University, Mankato. https://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/etds/875/
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