Building bridges: A case study of collaborative research

D'Cruz, Heather and Gillingham, Philip (2005) Building bridges: A case study of collaborative research. Journal of Progressive Human Services, 16 1: 51-80. doi:10.1300/J059v16n01_04

Author D'Cruz, Heather
Gillingham, Philip
Title Building bridges: A case study of collaborative research
Journal name Journal of Progressive Human Services   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1042-8232
Publication date 2005
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1300/J059v16n01_04
Volume 16
Issue 1
Start page 51
End page 80
Total pages 30
Place of publication Philadelphia, PA, United States
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Abstract ‘Building bridges’ is a metaphor we have used to describe a collaborative research process involving social work academic and senior practitioners from government and non-government child protection and family service organizations in Victoria, Australia. Thepurpose of the research was to develop a ‘practice-generated approach to policy implementation’ in child protection practice. The research sought to explore the appropriateness of social constructionist approaches for child protection practice that might enhance the existing risk paradigm. This article aims to critically evaluate the process of ‘building bridges’ and its outcomes, by focusing on how potential and actual differences between organizational contexts, namely universities and various service-providing organizations, may influence relationships between theory and practice. We critically reflect on our research process comparing it with idealized forms of collaborative research discussed in the literature.
Keyword Collaborative research
Child protection
Social work education
Social work practice
Social work theory
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work Publications
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Created: Mon, 19 Sep 2011, 14:22:39 EST by Philip Gillingham on behalf of School of Social Work and Human Services