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Collaborative Capacity Building in Complex Community-Based Health Partnerships: A Model for Translating Knowledge Into Action

Kendall, Elizabeth PhD; Muenchberger, Heidi PhD; Sunderland, Naomi PhD; Harris, Michelle BSc; Cowan, Deborah BNutrition (Hons)

Journal of Public Health Management & Practice:
doi: 10.1097/PHH.0b013e31823a815c
Original Articles
Abstract

Partnerships among multiple organizations across a range of sectors that bring together multiple perspectives are a common way of addressing community health and building capacity. To function successfully, partnerships depend on the careful orchestration of a collaborative culture and the facilitation of collective action. Using a systematic method, we developed a synthesis of evidence about collaborative capacity building, integrating this diverse knowledge base into a usable framework. Seventeen published models of collaborative capacity building met the inclusion criteria and were combined to derive a matrix that could guide the actions of those responsible for partnership management. This matrix may make the process of developing partnerships less complicated in future.

In Brief

Partnerships among multiple organizations are a common way of addressing community health and building capacity. To function successfully, partnerships depend on the careful orchestration of a collaborative culture and the facilitation of collective action. Using a systematic method, we developed a synthesis of evidence about collaborative capacity building, integrating this diverse knowledge base into a usable framework.

Author Information

Centre of National Research on Disability and Rehabilitation, Griffith Health Institute, Griffith University (Drs Kendall, Muenchberger, and Sunderland and Mss Harris and Cowan).

Correspondence: Elizabeth Kendall, PhD, Griffith Health Institute, Griffith University, University Drive, Meadowbrook, Queensland, Australia (e.kendall@griffith.edu.au).

Some parts of this article were included in the document titled “Queensland Health Connecting Healthcare in Communities (CHIC) Initiative Developing A Capacity Building for Partnerships Framework: Options Paper”. The authors recognize the valuable work of the Logan Beaudesert Health Coalition in building collaborative capacity and knowledge in this area.

Disclosure: The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.