Assessing network-based collaborations: Effectiveness for whom?

Head, Brian W. (2008) Assessing network-based collaborations: Effectiveness for whom?. Public Management Review, 10 6: 733-749. doi:10.1080/14719030802423087

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Author Head, Brian W.
Title Assessing network-based collaborations: Effectiveness for whom?
Journal name Public Management Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1471-9037
Publication date 2008-01
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/14719030802423087
Volume 10
Issue 6
Start page 733
End page 749
Total pages 17
Place of publication The United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2009
Language eng
Subject C1
940204 Public Services Policy Advice and Analysis
160510 Public Policy
Abstract This article suggests that network collaborations are likely to vary in important ways depending on the nature of the issue/challenge being addressed and the range of stakeholders involved. Collaborative networks are more likely to emerge in policy settings where negotiated accommodations among stakeholders are seen as necessary and appropriate, and thus where technical solutions are not feasible. Under these conditions of negotiated objectives and processes, with complex causal pathways, 'effectiveness' becomes more problematic to determine. Networks bring to the table a diversity of stakeholder views and thus diverse perspectives about goals, processes, and outcomes. Evaluating network-based governance arrangements is complex because policy and programme processes and change management have become more complex. Evaluation needs to consider the sustainability of good processes ('built to last'), as well as the achievement of desired service outcomes (e.g. greater benefits for citizens).
Keyword Collaborative Analysis
Network-based governance
Evaluating processes
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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